September 17, 2019


With 100 days left 'til Christmas, SM Supermalls started off the #SparklingSMallidays with a kick off event at SM Aura Premier yesterday.

Hosted by Ms. Dimples Romana, well-known today as Daniela Mondragon, made the night jollier as the fans (including yours truly!) enjoyed Dani Girl.

A special rendition of the new SM Mallidays Jingle by the Mandaluyong Children's Choir, the launch of the Dear SM Santa, the relaunch of the SM Bears of Joy, and a musical performance by Mr. Jose Mari Chan completed the night with 'Christmas in Our Hearts' song.

26th Street Corner McKinley Parkway Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City Philippines

Mall Hours:
Monday to Sunday
10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

September 11, 2019

BPI Taught Kids About Money Through Play at KidZania

It was an afternoon of fun and learning as BPI taught kids about money through play at KidZania last week where they learned the basics of financial management from Ma. Carmina Marquez, BPI Head for Deposit Products, and Owen Cammayo, BPI Head for Corporate Affairs and Communications. 

BPI has been KidZania's banking partner since the indoor theme park opened in 2016.For kids, life is all about playing. And what better way to teach them financial responsibility than through learning about earning and keeping money through fun, practical play? Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) and its thrift bank subsidiary BPI Family Savings Bank (BFSB) have applied the elements of gamification, through a partnership with theme park KidZania, to teach kids some important life skills that can be learned through play.

BFSB President Maria Cristina Go said KidZania, a place where kids learn through real-life role-playing activities, is the perfect place for making the concept of money more tangible. Since 2016, over 800,000 children have learned the basics of banking and financial responsibility through BPI and KidZania.

Children can  fill over a hundred  roles   across   65 establishments,   where   they   can   work   for  companies   in   various   industries   such   as   publishing   or pharmaceutical, or pay for services rendered in a beauty salon or training in a school. Financially savvy kids “Ultimately, they gain financial awareness as they have the liberty to manage their own kidZos—from budgeting to spending and saving,” Go said. “Kids learn that they can earn money by being productive and useful, that they can use the money for their needs and wants, and that they can save money for their future, to achieve bigger dreams.”

Go said this is all part of BPI’s vision of “Building a Better Philippines”, where every Filipino has access to financial services and possesses practical knowledge about saving and investing. Inside KidZania, there is a special BPI branch where kids are given special accounts and ATM cards for their kidZos, the currency used in the theme park. Their savings gain interest over time, which the kids can spend in their next visits. BPI is the exclusive bank partner of KidZania. Reinforcing financial literacy. Go said an example of a very useful product for kids is the Jumpstart savings account which is available through BPI and BFSB. 

Jumpstart is for children aged 10 to 17 years old and requires only a minimum deposit of P100. A portion of the funds can be protected from unplanned withdrawals, and parents can easily transfer money to the account for allowances. The Jumpstart Debit Card can also be used for cellphone reloading. “People can rest assured that BPI will continue to educate and make saving easy for this generation. Through our partnership with KidZania and our other financial education programs, we hope to make lives better for a lot of our fellow Filipinos,” Go said.


The 168-year-old Bank of the Philippine Islands is the first bank in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. We are a universal bank withan expanded banking license. We provide diverse financial services that include deposits, cash management, asset management,securities brokerage, foreign exchange and capital markets investments, bancassurance, corporate lending, leasing, and investmentbanking. BPI has significant financial strength, with strong Tier 1 capital adequacy ratios and profitability, underpinned by a strongrisk management regime. BPI is rated investment-grade by international credit ratings agencies. Bank of the Philippine Islands l Ayala North Exchange Tower 1, Ayala Avenue corner Salcedo St., Legaspi Village,Makati City1229PHl+632 246 6364l

For   more   information   about   BPI’s   Jumpstart   and   other   savings   products,   visit 

September 10, 2019

Cardiovascular Management Through the Help of Amgen Phils. and Zuellig Corp.

Back in 2007, I almost had a heart attack due to high bad cholesterol, which I didn't know about. It started as stiff neck that went beyond a week. I eventually had complete lab tests that gave a result of having elevated bad cholesterol.  Even my doctor was surprised that I had that results because I exercise regularly and eat healthy food. My case, hereditary or familial case, which is probably the worst kind since it is already in my blood.

With that said, I am happy to have attended One Family, One Heart, One Goal Bloggers' Event earlier at the Crowne Plaza in Ortigas, Pasig City, where I learned more about Dyslipidemia (an abnormal amount of lipids,e.g. triglycerides, cholesterol and/or fat phospholipids) in the blood, from Dr. Lourdes Ella Santos.

There are 2 kinds of cholesterol in the body, good and bad. Elevated bad cholesterol, or low-density lipoprotein (LDL-C), in the blood increases a person's risk of developing stherosclerotic plaque deposits which can block the arteries and lead to a heart attack or stroke. Lowering LDL- C also lowers a persons chances of developing CVD.

Dr. Lourdes Ella Santos, Adult Cardiologist and Clinical Lipidologist
With the patient at the heart, Amgen Philippines Inc. and Zuellig Pharma Corporation are committed to improving the lives of patients struggling with dyslipidemia by helping them and their families to take the necessary action to prevent and manage their health risks.

Joyful co-bloggers from left to right: Sir George, Kuya Ver, David, Mimi, Cherry, Sol, Jacque, Lani, Eidhra and Macy

September 6, 2019

Urdhva Dhanurasana

I've been seeing/reading so many "Flex Ko Lang" posts in Facebook lately so I asked my youngest son what's with this line about, Juan said. "it means you want to share or show off something that the person is really proud of or happy about".

Makikiuso ako, for my first ever Flex Ko Lang post, this Urdhva Dhanurasana😀 

Although I've started doing yoga many years back, I cannot do a lot of  poses yet because this past three months have been the longest I stayed doing yoga. I used to enrol, then stopped after a week or two. Hopefully staying for good, and sana, if laziness won't kick in, I hope to be a yoga teacher before I turn 50 in four years time.

Urdhva Dhanurasana (Upward Bow Pose) is an uplifting posture. It stimulates the nervous system and opens the heart, and can leave you glowing with energy and vitality for the rest of the day. Chakrasana or Urdhva Dhanurasana is an asana in yoga as exercise. It is a backbend and is the first pose of the finishing sequence in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. It gives great flexibility to the spine. In acrobatics and gymnastics this body position is called a bridge. (Source: Wikipedia)

Benefits of Urdhva Dhanurasana:

This asana also gives strength to your legs, abdomen, buttocks, spine, shoulder blades, glutes, hamstrings, lower back, wrists, and arms. It cures infertility, asthma, and osteoporosis. It also relieves stress and reduces depression, and makes you feel energetic and full of life. It also stimulates the abdominal organs and thyroid glands, which improves digestion and helps to regulate metabolism.

September 2, 2019

Bayani Agbayani as Home Suite Brand Ambassador

I used to live in Novaliches when I was single so I know how difficult it is to go there with the traffic and all but I would not let the opportunity of meeting funny man, Bayani Agbayani.

CLC Marketing Ventures Corp., the company behind Home Suite, chose Bayani Agbayani as Home Suite Brand Ambassador because Bayani's reputation of providing high-quality entertainment is synonymous to Home Suite's values in terms of providing families the best in locally manufactured high-quality home furniture. Home Suite takes pride in distributing home furniture such as metal beds, dining sets, sala sets, sofa beds and home accessories in all leading department stores nationwide.

Check out the vid below what happened during this unveiling:

Follow and Like Home Suite:
Facebook - /homesuiteph - Instagram - @homesuiteph 
YouTube - CLC Marketing Ventures Corp.

August 31, 2019

Chef Noel Dela Rama at The Maya Kitchen

Learned today how to make a hearty delicious brunch from Chef Noel dela Rama, a New York-based master, at The Maya Kitchen.

Watch below how easy it is to make Chorizo Breakfast Casserole, Eggs Baked in Ham Cups and Banana Bread Coffee Cake with Streusel Topping.

The Maya Kitchen
8F Liberty Bldg. 835 A. Arnaiz Ave. Legaspi Village, Makati City
Call (02) 892 1185

#OccasionsofJoy #Mendiolables #foodpost #JampackedLifestyle #ChefNoelDelaRama #TheMayaKitchen #brunch #cookingschool #bakingschool

August 17, 2019

Yoga with Teacher Rachel Ellen

When I met Teacher  Rachel Ellen some 5 years ago, we instantly clicked. There's something about her that made calm. Maybe because she is a yoga teacher😀

Kidding asisde, Teacher Rachel is one of the nicest person I met. She's an inspiring and a very good yoga teacher.

“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.”
 – The Bhagavad Gita

August 16, 2019

Student Entrepreneurs Cup 2019

MandSci is proud with the awards received by the City of Mandaluyong Science High School in the recently concluded Student Entrepreneur’s Cup 2016 held at the SM Megamall, namely Top grosser,  Most Innovative, and 2nd Place for Product Presentation.

Joyful that my twin kids Julia and Rafael are part of the student team, which includes Jeremi P. Valerio, Joanne Marie V. Donado, Emerina B. Peñaflor, Kiana May De Leon.

The students were able to give their best with the help of their coaches, Ms. Winnie Lopez Cruz - Mr. Lloyd Pineda and Ms. Ramona Santos.

The project is initiated by Councilor Charisse Abalos-Vargas through the Mandaluyong Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council and the City Public Employment Service Office in partnership with DepEd-Mandaluyong, Department of Labor and Employment and Girl Scouts-Mandaluyong, to introduce SMEs to the city’s secondary students.

August 15, 2019

Body Tone Workout with Coach Lito Uy

Going to a gym used to be  very tiring for me until I fell in love with yoga. For two months I do yoga at least three times a week at Fitness First.

I now a added another group workout on my list - Body Tone Workout with Coach Lito Uy. It was Grace Sulit who insisted I join this workout. Now I know why! Coach Lito  makes the workout fun.

Coach Lito also makes super yummu cassava cake, bopis, chicken embotido and many more. 

August 11, 2019

Self Care Sunday at Elite Skin Perfection

When I received an email from the marketing department of Cosmetigroup Philippines for Self Care Sunday I was not sure what to expect. I even asked if it's a public event or I was invited as a vlogger. 

Come Sunday upon seeing the venue, Elite Skin Perfection, I knew that the event is all about skin products that beautify women and men alike because I once used Aqua Mineral.

ELITE Skin Perfection and Aqua Mineral are sister company under Cosmetigroup Philippines, Israel-made beauty and wellness products that has an 8000-year history of using local gifts of nature, such as olive oil and mineral salts, for use in its cosmetics and therapies.

I will be writing more about Elite Skin Perfection soon. For now, this is the highlight of what happened at Self Care Sunday at Elite Skin Perfection

ELITE Skin Perfection
2L East Wing, Shangri-La Plaza, Mandaluyong City

August 7, 2019

California Pizza Kitchen National Pizza Days

California Pizza Kitchen (CPK), the undisputed authority in innovative & adventurous California style pizzas is once again celebrating National Pizza Days this August 13, 14, & 15, 2019 (Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday) now on its 8th year run!  

On these days, guests who visit any of CPK’s four (4) locations in Metro Manila can avail of their BUY 1, GET 1 Free Pizza Promotion: choosing among an exclusive selection of five NEW Premium pizzas that embody the spirit of California Cool and Creativity that the brand is synonymous for. 


1. What are National Pizza Days?  

National Pizza Days (NPD) is an annual CPK Philippines event wherein guests are treated to a buy 1, get 1 free pizza promotion.  It will be held on August 13, 14, & 15, 2019 (Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday) at all four (4) California Pizza Kitchen branches in Metro Manila.

2.  How does it work? 

On the designated National Pizza Days, guests can enjoy a free pizza for every order of a Regular Original Hand-Tossed or Crispy Thin Crust Pizza.  (Note:  Offer not valid with purchases of Personal sized Original Hand Tossed Pizzas.)  The free pizza can be chosen from the roster of NEW premium, limited edition pizzas created specifically for those days. This limited time promotion is valid for dine-in and take-out transactions only.  There will be a 10% packaging charge for take-out transactions.  Reservations and delivery will not be allowed for this promotion.  In addition, this promotion is not valid in conjunction with other existing promotions, discounts, gift certificates, and other special offers. The National Pizza Days Promotion is valid all day from opening to closing  in all four branches from August 13, 14, & 15, 2019. 

3.  What are the five (5) free pizza choices? 
Beef Chipotle Salsa Pizza -  this remind you of Mexican-inspired movies of Michael Pena.

Garlic Chips + Basil Pizza - Unique & fresh flavors collide with garlic olive oil, fresh Mozzarella & Parmesan, caramelized onions, & red bell peppers topped with toasted garlic chips and a sweet basil chiffonade.  

Thai Chicken Curry Pizza - East will definitely meet West with Asian-inspired Thai Chicken Curry Pizza with grilled chicken, Mozzarella, red onions, carrots, & bell peppers on a creamy Thai curry sauce base topped with roasted peanuts and fresh cilantro.  

Italian Sausage & Sun Dried  Tomato Pizza - Say “Buon Giorno!” with crumbled Italian Sausage, Mozzarella & Parmesan, & Sun-Dried Tomatoes on a Bolognese Sauce bed topped with a fresh herb mixture.  

Quorn Alfredo Pizza - “Teach You How to Veggie” pretty much like Dougie did with their Quorn Alfredo Pizza with Quorn chunks, broccoli florets, tomatoes, Mozzarella & Romano on a creamy Alfredo Sauce bed.  
Choose one for every order of a Regular Original Hand-Tossed or Crispy Thin Crust Pizza.  As 
      such, if you order five (5) Regular Original Hand-Tossed or Crispy Thin Crust pizzas in one go, 
      you can immediately get all the five (5) featured pizzas for free!

4. Can I purchase any of these five (5) NEW featured pizzas ala carte? 

These NEW pizzas are not available for regular purchases.  To try them, guests would have to purchase a Regular Original Hand-Tossed or Crispy Thin Crust Pizza from our existing menu.

 5.  What are the payment options for National Pizza Days 2019? 

Cash, credit card, & debit card payments will be honored in availing of this promotion.  However, gift certificate payments will not be accepted for those who wish to avail of the promotion.  Should you wish to use your GCs on these days though, you will not be entitled to a free pizza for your Regular Original Hand-Tossed or Crispy Thin Crust Pizza purchases. 

 CPK Branches and store hours in Metro Manila are located as follows:

 CPK Bonifacio Global City – W Global Center 30th corner 9th Avenue, BGC
11:00 am to 12:00 am (midnight)

 CPK Alabang Town Center – 2nd floor Alabang Town Center Mall, Muntinlupa City
11:00 am to 9:00 pm

 CPK Shangri-la EDSA Plaza – Midlevel Shangri-La EDSA Plaza East Wing, Mandaluyong City
11:00 am to 9:00 pm

 CPK Century City Mall – Basement 1 Century City Mall, Kalayaan Avenue, Makati City
11:00 am to 9:00 pm  

For more information, visit, 
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check out their You Tube channel @cpkphilippines

August 5, 2019


Jeff and I are friends since college in Phil. Christian University. We haven't seen each other for 24 long years because our schedules won't meet. Finally last Saturday, despite heavy rains, we made it  in San Pablo!

Seeing Mommy made me extra joyful because she is truly a very warm mother not just to Jeff and Jed but to many people.

Mommy cooked  delicious adobo with eggs on the side. Pinasarap pa ng lalo ang adobo with Mommy's Ensaladang Ampalaya!

May pabaon pang Ensaladang Ampalaya at Rambutan. Mukhang mapapadalas ang dalaw namin kina Jeff😁

"Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. 
It’s not something you learn in school. 
But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, 
you really haven’t learned anything." 
- Muhammad Ali

August 3, 2019

Camille San Andres' 18th Birthday

Despite heavy rains, John, Juan and I braved the road going to San Pablo City to attend Camille San Andres' 18th Birthday held at Auravel Grand Resort and Hotel.

Camille'd dad, Richard, is one of my kindest classmates in PCTR that's why we were able to hit-two birds in one stone, debut and a Joyful reunion after 31 years with Richard. The night was made extra beautiful with Chard's wife, Thess and my John around.

Camille's debut is such a lovely event but I only recorded short videos, focusing mostly on Thess and Chard while they took the stage to speak of love for their beautiful debutant.

"The reason we love our parents is because they loved us first. "
- Gary Vaynerchuk

August 2, 2019

BPI Shagrila-Shaw Branch and Preferred Center

Today, BPI Shangrila-Shaw Branch and Preferred Center in Mandaluyong opened. This branch showcases the most modern and innovative designs that will complement the Bank's aim to provide trusted financial advice, and seamless and convenient client experience. This is The Bank of the Philippine Island's biggest flagship branch in Metro Manila and the first to stay open seven days a week!

The new flagship branch follows the design of BPI's other flagship branches in Ayala Insular and Makati Stock Exchange.

BPI reinforces its commitment tobenhance overall customer experience, both online and offline by providing easy access to relevant financial solutions for every Filipino. In line with its digitalization efforts, BOI also added an interactive self-service screen with a large video wall that displays informational videos for clients.
Digitalization allows for an omni-channel experience, with clients being able to start a transaction in one channel and complete it in another.

As for the interiors, the new branch drew inspiration from the map of the Phils. The irregularly shaped ottoman seats at the center of the room represent the Phil. Archipelago. The swirling lights in the ceiling evoke images of the Phil. climate and the ever-changing winds that sweep over the country.

July 28, 2019

Mrs. PTA 2019

My journey to Mrs PTA Pageant was long that ran for 3 years.  On the first year during the GPTA Presidency of Engr. Oscar Cadag, I was asked to represent City of Mandaluyong Science High School. On the second year, under the GPTA Presidency of Sir Levy Cabeliza, I was asked again. On the third year, under Ma'am Beth Servito, I was considered again. On three occasions, I declined.

On the third year, we were able to finally have a representative, unfortunately she had pressing matters to attend. After carefully assessing my feelings, I messaged Ma'am Beth that I am ready to join to bring glory and honor to our beloved MandSci.

I took over and had less than a month to prepare for everything. The hardest part was collecting recyclable materials so I would like to thank all the parents, teachers and friends who contributed and sent their help. Special mention goes to Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie and Egen Coronado, Sir Francis Dela Paz, current GPTA President, Mr. and Mrs. Bert and Maan Esteban, Sir Cobbarubias, my bebegel Fhaye, my Ate Jo Mendiola, Ms. Cor Salvador, Mr, and Mrs Nick and Majesty Barcelon, Mareng Riz Avila and her sister-in-law, Ms. Charmaine Chua, Sir Dennis Cerillo, Ms. Winnie, Ms. Jing Cello, Ma'am Lav Ressurecion, Ma'am Oben, Ate Anna Arcangel, Kuya Miyo and Kenneth.  I hope I haven't forgotten anyone. Madali naman i-edit in case may nalimutan ako😁.

I also had a hard time with advertisement sponsorship. Gratitude  goes to Marra and Co., GPTA 2018-2019, under the good governance of Ma'am Beth,  Ma'am Thess Ferrolino and Minute Burger, Capt. Ronan and Mrs. Velasquez, Engr. Cielo Panesa-Paldez and family, Mr. and Mrs. Edward and Amy Eugenio of AVJM Trucking, Ma'am Loui Fermiza, Sister Grace Manlapig and FilCrafters, Inc., Mr, and Mrs. Isagani and Brigitte Mauleon, Dienamik Tool Services c/o Mr. Jesus Celis, Aero Direct Enterprises and Aeroman Trading c/o Ms. Riza Avila. I hope I haven't forgotten anyone. Madali naman i-edit in case may nalimutan ako😁

If there's anyone who 100% cheered for me from day one to coronation, it's Ma'am Beth Servito. Thank you Ma'am!

I'd like to thank our dear Principal, Sir Erick Mendiola (not related by blood, but cousins by virtue of respect) for fully supporting me on this pageant.

Last but certainly the most important person, my husband, John, for being patient and understanding. And for cooking and cleaning the house while I practice, do yoga, and collect kalakals.

Of course I will not forget to thank those who cheered during the Coronation Night of Mrs. PTA 2019. First on the list is my friend Mamu Agnes and her daughter Nisha. They even printed tarpaulins with my name on it! My children, Akky, Nicole and Maxine, Sir Francis Dela Paz, Ma'am Lai, Sir Bert, Maan, Ma'am Jewel, Ma'am Chona, Mr. and Mrs. Calumpad, my beloved Mommies from former 10 Curie - Neng, Loui, Emz and Carms, Ms. Carz, Bebegel Fhaye, Sir Kojack, Ma'am Juliet.  And most importantly my Kumareng Riz for assisting me the whole night even if it was a short notice. I hope I haven't forgotten anyone. Madali naman i-edit in case may nalimutan ako😁.

I am not comfortable joining contests like this because I lack the height, I do not to wear swimsuit, I walk like a caveman, and I don't have any talent.

I am sharing below the shorter version of Mrs. PTA 2019 Coronation Night. Please lang wag nyo po pagtawanan ang talent ko, as I have said wala akong talent I did a combination of ballet (kuno), interpretative dance and yoga. Hayaan nyo na po if hindi maganda ang performance ko, importante I brought home Best in Evening Gown, Mrs. Q and A, and was crowned Mrs. PTA 2019!

"Being the Queen is not all about singing, 
and being a diva is not all about singing. 
It has much to do with your service to people. 
And your social contributions to your community 
and your civic contributions as well." 
- Aretha Franklin

July 18, 2019


I've been thinking of so many things lately since I just turned 46 last July 12. Things like all the activities I want to accomplish, the legacy I want to leave to my family and society. It's great that I was able to join the Bucket List Summit PressCon at Legend Villas.


'YOLO’ – you have certainly heard it several times or even came across this acronym as a hashtag on a friend’s post in the social media. A tickle in your curiosity, have you ever asked yourself what YOLO really means? YOLO is the acronym of ‘You Only Live Once’ which was popularized by a renowned rapper in one of his songs. But there is certainly a more profound meaning in ‘YOLO’.
Given the frailty and brevity of human life, anything can happen to you at any point in your life. Set your mind that every day is a miracle and that you only live once so why not make the most out of it? It is always a yes to do the things you most loved and savor each moment like it is the last. Regardless of your age, social status, condition, and circumstances, it is never too late to prepare yourself to live your life only once. To start, you can create your own Bucket List.
Have you ever watched the movie ‘The Bucket List’? Played by Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson, it is about two strangers, one a billionaire and one a mechanic, who were brought with the news that they have reached the terminal stage of their life. Realizing that they have little time left to complete the things they have to do and to be reconciled to the ones they love, they decided to make a Bucket List – it is a list of things that they want to do before they die. They eventually set out into the world against their doctor’s medical advice and took on their adventure of a lifetime. This movie provides an accurate mental picture of how short the human life can be regardless of your social standing and how you can never be able to turn back the time to change the past.
Since the release of this movie, the term 'Bucket List' is now being generally used by people from all around the world to mean that you only live once so do everything you can possibly do given a limited amount of time. Many people have seriously considered YOLO as a way of living and they even created their own Bucket List. Some set out for the thrill of an adventure, some traveled to their dream destination, some would still start school at a later age, some would prefer doing things right the first time every time, some would always choose to do what they always wanted to regardless of the social stigma and taboos.
Isn't it fulfilling to create a Bucket List and see how each item on your list is progressively being achieved? Have you ever considered creating your own Bucket List because ‘YOLO’? 

With that said, I am encouraging you to join Bucket List Summit, a platform that brings together leaders, speakers, thinkers, and experts who can help you be prepared emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually, and financially towards a life well-lived. 
The summit will be held on October 19-20, 2019 at the SMX Aura where renowned speakers will talk about the value and appreciation of life, financial wellness, spiritual enlightenment, physical challenges and its related solutions, psychological interventions, death and life, and more. 
Everybody deserves a quality life. Participate in this event now and know more about how you can live your life only once but to the fullest.  For more information, please call Happy Events at (02) 637-9084 or email us at

July 16, 2019

Lifetime Free Gas, Oh My Gas Promo.

SEAOIL, the leading independent fuel provider in the Philippines, will be giving away a lifetime supply of free gas to 4 lucky motorists starting this July. The “Lifetime Free Gas, Oh My Gas!” promo, which continues to be the only one of its kind in the world, makes a comeback on its third year.  SEAOIL customers can also expect to win over 100,000 instant prizes through peel-off cards. A total of half a million worth of SEAOIL gift cards will be raffled off in monthly draws. To qualify, a customer must gas up at least P500 worth of Extreme 97, Extreme 95, Extreme U, Extreme Diesel fuels and/or SEAOIL Lubricants at any SEAOIL station nationwide. Customers can double their chances of winning if they register at The “Oh My Gas!” promo runs from July 18 to October 18, 2019. Winners of this year’s promo will be determined via electronic monthly draws in August, September, and November, and a drop box raffle draw in November.

The winners of the promo from the past two years came from different walks of life. Last year’s winners include Michael Sulit of Caloocan City, a SEAOIL user since buying his own car, is the youngest winner at 24 years old and the “bunso” in the family. He uses his free fuel for field work and trips with family and friends and shares it with his siblings who have families of their own.
Ernie Linarez is a TNVS operator and driver from Rizal. His monthly fuel savings help pay for his car loan. He is a SEAOIL Believer for years, and his trust and support for the brand paid off when he was drawn as last year’s first winner.
Joel Dinque, an entrepreneur from North Cotabato is able to provide more for his family, thanks to his fuel savings. As an owner of an auto repair shop, he endorses SEAOIL to his customers because he is a firm believer of their products.
Jidy Detuya, a jeepney driver from Agusan del Norte, shares that it was one of his kids who convinced him to gas up at SEAOIL and try his luck at winning free gas. He was skeptical of SEAOIL’s fuels at first but now he endorses it to his relatives and fellow churchgoers.

June 29, 2019

Smart Parenting Convention 2019

Parents take on the most relentless and challenging work every single day. The immense responsibility, constant worry, mundane daily grind - it can give you panic attacks. That's why Smart Parenting makes it a daily mission to become a mom's guilt -free guide to her greatest (and wildest) adventure that is parenting.

Last June 29, Smart Parenting added to the fun and rewarding  experience of parenthood by holding its most-awaited event of the year, the "Smart Parenting Convention" at SM Megamall. Smart Parenting , the most credible source of pregnancy and pregnancy information Filipino count on.

The Smart Parenting Convention this year has more than 70 concessionaires offering special discount and bundles. Aside from games, raffle prizes, and booth activities, three blocks were divided into topics to help parents in taking on their role, whether preparing for a baby, recovering from delivery, raising a toddler,, and many more.

Pregnancy and Baby Block
Childbirth Options and How to Prep for Delivery Day
Dr. Maynila Domingo

Postpartum Care
Dr. Sybil Bravo

Baby Milestones and Red Flags to Watch Out For
Dr. Ina Atutubo

Baby Sleep Basics
Maria Campos Lopez

The Facts and the Curious: FAQs About Parenting Toddlers Answered by Experts
Dr. Maria Josephine Yuson-Sunga, Dr. Francis Xavier M. Dimalanta and Teacher Tina Zamora

Why You Need a Marraige Makeover After Kids
Joy and Eric Mendoza

Digital Parenting
Dr. Michelle Alignay, RP, RGC

How to Create a Home First Aid Kit
Patricia Cuasay Fruto

Smart Parenting is the credible parenting resource backed my experts and a community of involved parents. It aims to help Filipino moms and dads to raise bright, happy and healthy kids. Visit Smart Parenting's website at and follow them on Facebook at , on Instragam @smartparenting , and on Twitter @_smartparenting.

June 23, 2019


If there's second life, I'm hoping to have a nice voice because I'd like to be a singer. I admire people with good singing voice so my swim time at Savoy Hotel was made even better hearing Talya as they music from The Carpenters and more.

Although only three were present when I saw them, the group is composed of five members, namely Krystina Ng on Vocals, Marga Enriquez on Guitar, Christel Lanzuela on Keyboard, Eireen Alba on Bass, and Camille Inaldo on Drums.

Their Genre is Alternative Rock, singing old and new songs.

Talya Contact Info:

Call 0905 405 8005


Instagram: @talyaph

June 18, 2019

Congressman Teodorico Haresco Jr

True to his word, Congressman Teodorico Haresco Jr treated the media to a victory party for a buffet lunch at Dads Quezon Avenue Branch. The atmosphere was light and fun when he arrived where he shook hands to all the guests, giving his most sincere thank you.

The Congressman of Boracay even spared 15 minutes to give a speech and answer question form bloggers, vloggers and trad media.

The  media were so happy most especially when Congressman Haresco said, "next time mag reunion naman tayo sa Boracay".  I am so looking forward to his promise because the last time I went in Boracay was 2001.

About Congressman Teodorico Haresco Jr.:

He finished Engineering and Accounting in Dela Salle University with honors.  Completed his M.A. in International Economics at the McGill University in Canada. He participated in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development- International Trade Center in Switzerland. He is the only Visayan and Aklanon to receive the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Businessman of The Year in 2007 and the Deutch Bank Banker of the Year in 2005. He was People Asia's Person of the Year in 2008 and one of the Modern Day Heroes in 2008. He was cited in the book celebratig 347 years of Philippine-British Relations. His company WINSOURCE Solutions Inc. has been a five-time recipient of the Queens Awards for Entreprise. He conceptualized President's Bridge Programme (PBP). PBP is a very successful reengineering model in the Philippines being duplicated in Sri Lanka, Papa New Guinea, Cambodia, Siberia and other Asian countries. He is the principal developer of a nationwide scholarship fund for the slain journalists and has put 34 young scholars through school since 2007.

June 17, 2019

How To Plant Kangkong

In the Philippines Kangkong is one of the most popular vegetables not only because  it the cheapest,  also because there are so many ways to cook with Kangkong. For our lunch today I cooked Sinigang na Isda (Boiled Fish in Sour Soup).

I don't buy Kangkong anymore because of my unlimited supply from planting on my recyclable plastic container.

Here's How To Plant Kangkong using its scrap.

June 16, 2019

Fun Way of Exercising at Home

Although I'm enrolled in Fitness First, I don't go there everyday mainly because I am a mother and wife with so many things to do at home because we do not have a helper. To make sure I still get my cardio workout, I incorporate exercise with cleaning. Sharing my fun way of exercising at home  for all the busy moms out there.

June 15, 2019

The Way I Walk

Mrs PTA Pageant have been running for 3 years now but my kids' school  have not joined since the beginning. I was tapped to join for 3 consecutive years but I'd respectfully decline because this isn't my thing.

I am not comfortable joining contests like this for three reasons. First, I lack the height. Second, I don't like to wear swimsuit. Third and certainly the most important one, the way I walk. I don't walk gracefully. I walk like a cave man😁 I have always been laughed by the way I walk. A friend even told me once, "maganda ka sana pero ang pangit mong mag lakad".

I'm not ashamed of how I walk. This walk have allowed me to do a lot of things, andbrought me to many places. I an.proud of this walk, it's just that my walk is not a pageant material. 

Then why am I joining this year? Our chosen representative quit for an important event so she can focus her time and strength for the rigorous training she needed.  When I read Ma'am Beth's, our GPTA President, plea for a candidate, I felt I needed to step up to save our beloved school since this is the very first time we're joining Mrs PTA.

Whatever the outcome of my walk, I'm joyfully doing this to give back to the school that is providing the best kind of education to my three children.

It was fun meeting the other mom candidates. Thanks to Coach Chris Aquino for building our confidence. Thanks to Ma'am Beth and Ma'am Egen for the support for the second kalakal canvassing. And here's our practice earlier.

June 14, 2019

Core Exercise

Big tummy has always been my problem because I like eating salty food and hate drinking water. Bad combination right! I know. So lately I've been trying to cut on chips that's oozing with salt, been drinking lots of water and doing core exercises.

Thanks Coach Derik for pushing me hard. Hopefully I'd have better ab by next moth for my 46th birthday.

Disclaimer, you can do this at home, just be careful when handling the weights/dumbbell. If you do not have a dumbbell at home, you may opt to use  2 liters plastic bottle filled with water.

June 13, 2019

Learn to Swim with Bert Lozada Swim School

I learned how to swim when I was in high school but I have always been afraid to explore the deeper part of the pool. I'd often just stay at the corner of a 5ft pool just to make sure I don't drown.

One of my bucket list is to learn how to swim confidently so each year I'd hire someone to teach me or enroll in a swim class. All of those attempts were futile. I am still afraid to even put my head under water.

Today at Ace Water Spa in Pasig, I once again, for the 100th time tried to learn to swim with Bert Lozada Swim School. How was it? I'm amazed that in just an hour my phobia slowly vanished. Thanks to Coach Elleigh, I confidently learned the basics of swimming. Will I go back? Of course, yes! 

Am I recommending Bert Lozada Swim School? A definite yes because of the following reasons:

1. Tried and Tested since 1956 

2. Fun and Safe Swimming - FUN Swimming activities using SAFE swim gear/equipment/paraphernalia 

3. BLSS Awards - 1st Place Best Swim School Picture 2009 by United States Swim School Conference - 2005 Best Swim School by Philippine Marketing Association 

4. Swimming is close to you - BLSS has over 70 venues nationwide 

5. Learning requires no age - With program from all ages 

- Swim as early as 6 months old – 85 years old 

6. Highly Skilled Coaches - Our Master Coaches undergo comprehensive formal training courses and seminars abroad. These acquired techniques are constantly updated, adapted and passed on to the entire BLSS Member-Coaches 

7. International Affiliates - United States Swim School Association, World Swimming Coaches Association, World Aquatic Babies and Children Network, World Aquatic Babies Congress, Aquatic Achievers Swim Schools and Miracle Swimming For Adults.

8. Local Affiliates - Philippine Medical Association  and Triathlon Association of the Philippines 

9. BLSS Offers PE/ Varsity - BLSS can provide and implement to all grade/year levels a curriculum for PE or Varsity Sports Program that integrate effective traditional insights with the latest sports science. 

10. BLSS Produces, trains, and mentors powerful Swim Teams - Who compete in local, regional, national and international swim competitions, sanctioned by Philippine Swimming Inc. (PSI) and whose swim standings are recognized by Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), International Olympic Committee (IOC) and FINA (Federation Internationale de Natation) 

11. BLSS Breeds Champions 

Bert Lozada Swim School Programs:

1. BABIES - 

My Baby and Me Program - 6 months to 3 years old.  An aquatic program designed to teach parents and children to be familiar with the water. Parents are taught how to help their child to be confident and happy in the water, and encourage learning through fun activities. This program will prepare your infant/toddler physically, psychologically and socially for more structured swimming lessons later in life.

LEVEL 1: Starfish (Water Explorer) Age 6 - 12 months

A pre-swimming class with the parent in the water.

LEVEL 2: Puffers (Water Familiar) Age 1 - 2.5 years

For children who are eager to participate with parent in the water.

LEVEL 3: GUPPIES (Water Safety) Age 2.6 - 4 years

Teaches children to perform basic water safety.

LEVEL 4: Penguins (Water Confident) Age 2.6 - 4 years

For children who are eager to participate with or without parent in the water.

LEVEL 5: Seals (Water Independent) Age 2.6 - 4 years

For children who are independent from parents and have more confidence in the water.


4 years old and above - Comprehensive program can teach an absolute beginner both survival skills and sound swimming skills in the four main swimming strokes. This program graduates into 6 levels as the swimmer develops his/her skills and begin to enjoy the sport more competitively

LEVEL 1: Snapper 1 Age 4 years old and above

For children who are afraid of the water or little or no swimming experience.

LEVEL 2: Snapper 2 Age 4 to 6 years old

For children ready to work without the parent or caregiver and are developing 10m Survival Swim and 10m Dog Paddle.

LEVEL 3: JAMMER 1 Age 7 years old and above

For children who are developing 15m Survival Swim and 15m Basic Freestyle

LEVEL 4: JAMMER 2 Age 7 years old and above

For children who are developing 15m Backstroke and 15m Butterfly

LEVEL 5: JAMMER 3 Age 7 years old and above For children who are developing 15m Breast Stroke and Advance freestyle mechanics

3. SWIM SQUAD - Age 5 years old and above.  A pre-competitive swim program with supervised coaching, open to individuals who can swim all four strokes (freestyle, butterfly, breaststroke, backstroke).

4. ADULTS - 16 to 85 years old. Proper breathing techniques and stroke correction for adults with or without any background in swimming.


Teaches comfort in the water, confidence, and being in control: the ability to be yourself in water, whether it's shallow or deep, pool, lake, or ocean. Being able to rely on yourself—not on the bottom or the side of the pool—for your safety. shallow or deep, pool, lake, or ocean. If you’re afraid or not comfortable in the water, this is the perfect program for you!


Teaches fundamental skills like floating, arm & leg action and breathing in a stress-free, encouraging atmosphere. Focuses on survival stroke and freestyle.


Stroke drills and expert coaching allow you to develop perfect technique in breaststroke and backstroke.


Stroke drills and expert coaching allow you to develop perfect technique in advance freestyle and butterfly.


Teaches racing technique and preparation to athletes of all levels. Through specially designed workouts and proper stroke management, students will be able to swim faster with efficient technique. The program’s goal is to help you achieve a lifetime of swimming improvement. POWER TRI

This program is made for triathletes, starting or developing, to help them start, enjoy and finish their race. Program includes proper techniques in running, cycling, swimming, transitions, race strategies and nutrition. 

June 12, 2019

Pier's Dried Fish

Have you heard about Pier's Dried Fish? I bet you haven't. I only knew about Pier's Dried Fish last week when mommy-blogger friend, Mommy Pier of The Soapbox Filipina blog, posted her business in Facebook.

Mommy Pier's husband and his family have been with the dried fish trade since way back. The dried fish they supply  have always been first class quality. But only few people know of this dried fish, since it is sold by bulk.

Mommy Pier hoped for these first class dried fish to reach the homes of mommies like me so she decided to put up Pier's Dried Fish this high quality  dried fish that sells in small packages good for household consumption.

All of the fond memories I had with my late Mama came back because of Mommy Pier's post.  Growing up as a child, I had many happy memories with my Mama specially when it comes to food. Mama loved cooking and she cooked well. One thing that reminds me so well about my mother is that she liked dried fish a lot! Our breakfast before would consist of fried rice, fried eggs, veggies and fried dried fish.

For the Philippine Independence Day, I cooked Champorado with Tuyo on the side for breakfast and  Ginisang Repolyo with dried labahita for lunch.

To order, you may contact Mommy Pier at 0917 - 8822375 or drop her a hook, line and sinker at
PIER’S Dried Fish on Facebook

Prices vary depending on the supply and season. As of now these are the prices:

▪️Tuyo walang kaliskis, P200/kg ( 1 kg minimum)

▪️Labahita P280 ( 1kg minimum)

▪️Besugong Bato ( minimum 1/2 kg). P550/kg

▪️Dulong (minimum 1/2 kg), P650/kg

▪️Boneless dilis ( minimum 1/2 kg), P750/kg

▪️Espada. P800/kg, P200@1/4pk

▪️Pusit. P900/kg, P225 1/4/pk

▪️Danggit, P1,200kg, P300@1/4pk

June 11, 2019

Oskee Cabeltis Salon

I am by nature a happy person. The only thing that upsets me is my dry and unruly hair, multi-colored  hair. Thanks to Oskee Cabeltis Salon for making my hair shiny, smooth and manageable in dark red shade! Now I can attend events without spending much time worrying about what to do with my hair.

If you want to book Oskee himself, his schedule at Boni on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Oskee is at Alabang on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Oskee Cabeltis Salon (Mandaluyong)
652 Boni Ave, Mandaluyong City
Tel:  02-6547609

Oskee Cabeltis Salon (Alabang)
Tunasan, Muntinlupa, fronting SM
Cel: 09285960533

June 9, 2019

Slumber Party

A slumber party is a party, typically for preteen or teenage girls, in which all the guests spend the night at the house where the party is held. I never experienced a slumber party when I was a kid basically because my parents were strict. 

Now at 45, I got to enjoy this kind of party when Jen came to the Philippines for a vacation. We stayed at Sofitel, with Christella, Gigi, Marilyn and Ate Gemma.

We've stayed up til the wee hours reminiscing our high school days - both happy and awkward experiences. The funniest part was when Theela blurted, "O ikaw Marlyn, kasama ka pa din sa silent majority" just because Lyn didn't say anything the whole time😁.

June 8, 2019


TOYCON POPLIFE FANX 2019, the biggest and longest-running pop culture event in Asia will once again hit the Metro!

This year is all about global stage with bigger attractions, more local and international guests, and the best Fan experience ever! With the biggest collections of comics, toys, designer toys and collectibles all under one roof. With more than 300 sellers and exhibitors in our retail floor.

The biggest names in art and toy design converge in this year’s TOYCON 2019, headlined by the godfather of street art and art toy legend, Ron English!

TOYCON Pop Life FanXperience 2019 is set to happen on June 28 - June 30, 2019 at the SMX Convention Center Halls in MOA Complex, Pasay City. ( and  

Get Tickets: 


June 7, 2019

Onea Bed and Breakfast

Onea Bed and Breakfast is a 2-star budget hotel located in the compound of Cafe Lupe in Sumulong Highway, Antipolo City.

What I like:

1. Fitness centre - Elorde Boxing Gym.
2. Two restaurants that offers Japanese food (Kampai Sushi Bar) and Mexican and Filipino food (Cafe Lupe)
3. Free WiFi
4. Flat-screen TV with cable channels
5. Staff are extremely helpful
6. Small, cute swimming pool that super chill and relaxing.
7. Nice view from the restaurant
8. Location - It is 9 km from Pinto Art Museum and 8 km from Casa Santa Museum.
9. Affordable rates

Warning: If you're not into night-life and loud music, avoid booking during Fridays and Saturdays because they usually have events on those days that lasts up to 2am.

June 6, 2019

Boxing Session with Coach Arnel Antipuesto at Cafe Lupe

I get heavier, bigger, fatter every time we travel because all I do is eat, blog, eat, vlog, eat, sleep a little, eat, repeat.  This time for my Health and Fitness 2019 Goals, I'm including a visit to the hotel's gym to do at least an hour of workout.

Starting it with a Boxing Session with Coach Arnel Antipuesto at Cafe Lupe. This is my first time to join a boxing gym although I like this sport ever since I was 6 years old. I remember doing a match with my neighbor Neneng who is older than me. I played boxing with her probably until 10 years old when my baby breast were starting to grow.

In just three days under Coach Arnel, I learned the basic punches, leg moves and core exercise to help flatten my tummy. Thanks Coach Arnel and Hannah for assisting me!

If you're staying at OneA Hotel or dining at Cafe Lupe and Kampai, visit Coach Arnel at Elorde Boxing Gym, locted below the Cafe Lupe Restaurant.

Top Benefits of Boxing:

Enhanced Cardiovascular Health
Improved Total-Body Strength
Better Hand-Eye Coordination
Decreased Stress.
Improved Body Composition

June 5, 2019

Northern Blossom Flower Farm

For our 2019 Baguio Trip, we've decided to go further in Atok, Benguet to see Northern Blossom Flower Farm. The Northern Blossom flower farm in Atok is one of the newest destinations near Baguio. With its collection of different flower varieties,  like the  “snapdragons”, this no-frills flower-and-vegetable garden boasts a panoramic view of Mt. Timbak and Mt. Pulag. This is a two hours drive from Baguio City. We've stayed for a half day.

Thanks to my tukayo Joy of Fine Image Salon for recommending this place.

Entrance fee: PhP 250 per person
(with free coffee and bread)

*Note: Price may change without prior notice.

June 4, 2019

Rambler Garden Hotel Review

I'm already quite familiar with TST, Mongkok, Nathan, mostly the city in Hong Kong.  I was adamant when my friend Malou suggested that John and stay at Rambler Garden Hotel in  Tsing Yi area because I do not know the place and what tourist attractions are near.

Good thing I heeded Malou's suggestion because I really like the location of Rambler Garden Hotel. Rambler is a stylish hotel located a 5-minute drive from Kwai Fong MTR. Featuring rooms with views of Rambler Channel, it offers free Wi-Fi and a large sky garden, it is a 20-minute journey from Hong Kong Disneyland by the MTR and just a 30-minute drive from Hong Kong International Airport via the Airport Express.

Tsing Yi area is a great choice for travellers interested in Disneyland, Po Lin Monastery, Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) and Tai 0 Fishing Village.

I like almost everything about Rambler Garden Hotel - affordable rate, the view, the room is bigger than most hotels in the city, WIFI is fast and efficient. I also like that Malou live nearby. I just didn't like the rudeness of the Male Front Desk/Receptionist. He was not helpful at all. Maybe because of language barrier or he's just plain and simple rude!

Do I recommend Rambler Garden Hotel? Yes, if you plan to explore Lantau Island (Disneyland, Po Lin Monastery, Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) and Tai 0 Fishing Village)

June 3, 2019

DIY Macau 3 Day 2 Night Itinerary

John and I have been to Hong Kong several times but never made a short trip to nearby Macau. For our recent trip we've decided DIY Macau,3 Day 2 Night Itinerary, since it is so close to Hong Kong.

If you're considering to visit Macau soon you might want to read our DIY Macau trip. You’ll also find our travel expenses just to give you tip on how much to spend.

Macau was just a translation by the Portuguese. When the Portuguese landed on the shore near A-ma Temple over 400 years ago, they asked the locals what the name of the land was. To which they replied “A-ma-gao,”. It means Bay of A-ma, named after the goddess revered at the nearby temple.

Today, Macau is formally known as Macao Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China.  It is an autonomous territory, so even though it is officially part of China, it has its own currency and immigration policy, separate from that of mainland China or Hong Kong. In fact, even visitors from the mainland and HK will have to pass through immigration and customs check upon entering Macau.  Cantonese and Portuguese are the official languages. Currency: Macanese pataca (MOP). MOP 100 is around USD 1.3, EUR 10, PHP 645, SGD 16.2 (as of April 2018). Hong Kong dollar (HKD) is often accepted at 1:1 rate. Most establishments prefer cash payment, but they also accept credit card transactions. Electricity Info: 220V, 50Hz. Types D, M, G, and F are used. Macau is a very walkable city, and most interesting sites are within walking distance of each other. 

Macau is composed of four districts:

1. Macau peninsula, where the historical core of Macau is located. Most of the tourist spots are here. It’s also the most populated district.
2. Taipa Island. Although the airport is here, it is mostly a residential island.
3. Coloane Island. The least developed of the four areas. For tourists, places of interest here include hiking trails, old temples, and a couple of beaches.
4. Cotai Strip. The reclaimed land between Taipa and Coloane, occupied mostly by hotels and gaming buildings.

The best time to visit Macau is October to December for fine weather, comfortable temperatures, and no threats of typhoons. January and February are generally dry, too! But it can get chillier. April is when the level of rainfall starts to rise, peaking in June and slowly subsiding in September. If you are on a budget, avoid November, because that’s when the Macau Grand Prix happens, and that means rates of hotels goes higher.

Filipinos can temporarily stay in Macau without a visa for 30 days. For other countries, Hong Kong (1 year), Indonesia (30 days), Malaysia (30 days), Thailand (30 days), Singapore (30 days), United Kingdom (6 months), United States (30 days), European Union states (90 days).

I originally planned to ride a ferry going to Macau but I watched somewhere the  beautiful sea bridge
so we went the bus way. Here’s how:

Take the MTR to Sunny Bay Station.
Board B5 Bus to HZMB in Lantau Island. Fare: HK$ 5.8.
Go through Immigration and Customs inspection.

Ride shuttle bus to Macau. The ticket office is within the restricted area, after the Immigration. Fare: HK$ 65 (regular times), HK$70 (midnight to 5-59am).

Places We Visited
The Historic Center of Macau, the most popular attractions. This includes the Ruins of St. Paul’s, the Senado Square, and A-ma Temple. The Venetian: Gondola Ride, The Parisian Macao: Eiffel Tower,
Studio City: Golden Reel Ferris Wheel, Macau Museum.

Where We Stayed in Macau
Macau is best known for its 5-star hotels but it also has cheaper forms of accommodations. These options are concentrated in the Macau peninsula, around the city center. We stayed at Ole London, a budget hotel.

By Free Hotel Shuttles. You can board any of the free shuttles provided by hotels to get to the city center. You don’t need to have a reservation at that hotel to be let in. Even if you have no plan on staying there, you can get on. Just pick the hotel closest to your destination. For example, here are the bus schedules for the Venetian, Wynn Hotel, and City of Dreams.

By Free Airport Shuttle. The airport has its own free shuttle service. At the Arrival Hall, find the north exit and travel on foot to the parking lot, where you’ll find the buses. There’s a bus every 15-20 minutes. Available from 11am-9pm.