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
Website: www.iniqlo.com/ph
Facebook: facebook.com/uniqlo.ph
Twitter: twitter.com/uniqloph
Instagram: instagram.com/uniqloofficial

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.

October 6, 2019

Mr and Ms Nutrition Ambassador

Mr and Ms Nutrition Ambassador is a contest among the government run schools in Mandaluyong where the students have to answer questions about nutrition and health. My twin kids joined this contest, representing City of Mandaluyong Science High School.

Julia won the title Ms Nutrition Ambassador!

October 5, 2019

Denisse Nicolle Ligpitan for Miss Asia Pacific International 2019

I am one proud aunt as my niece, Denisse Nicolle Ligpitan, joins Miss Asia Pacific International 2019, representing Germany. 

I knew back then she is a model and beauty queen material. I've always sen her that way even when she was a little girl.

I am very happy that finally she is fulfilling her true calling. Acting career soon? In the Philippines or Germany or Hollywood!

Nice was born in the Philippines and moved to Germany many years ago. Fast forward to 2019, she she won as Ms. Germany and now aiming to be crowned Miss Asia Pacific International 2019

Coronation Night of Miss Asia Pacific International is happening on October 9, 2019. I am one with all of the people, friends, families of Nice both here in the country and Germany who are rooting for her to bring home the crown.

Nice was recently awarded as Best in National Costume

Denisse Nicolle Ligpitan, OPMB Worldwide Choice Winner
(All photos are not mine, grabbed at Nice FB. Credit to the owners)

About Miss Asia Pacific International

Miss Asia Pacific International is an organization that enables women to embrace, express, and exercise their individuality. A woman who can be confident and proud of her unique traits as well as appreciate and value those of others, can help pave the way to a better and brighter future. They are a pedestal for women who want to be the voice of celebrating beauty and harmony in diversity. May it be in the form of culture, race, belief, or opinion, we believe that all women are distinctly beautiful and one of a kind.

October 4, 2019

Exercising in the Pool

Swimming builds strength and cardio abilities simultaneously. Though it's a low-impact workout, swimming produces high-power results. The problem is I don't know how to swim so I utilize the time while accompanying my youngest son by exercising in the pool. I jog in place, tick-tock hop, jump from side to side and squat jump.

Even the simplest pool exercise—walking forward and backward in waist-high water—improves your balance, trains the core muscles of your abdomen, increases your flexibility and boosts cardiovascular fitness.You'll also burn calories, reduce fat and lose weight at the same rate as working out on land.

October 3, 2019

D' Cup Coffee Republic

The first time I visited D' Cup Coffee Republic was during its construction. I was not able to go back until I met Au Ellen last July 2019 in an event in Lola Maria's Restaurant.

D' Cup Coffee Republic is a cafe/events venue in Mandaluyong at Pioneer St Market, with a dining area, a library area and a function room. I like this place a lot! 

D' Cup Coffee Republic

October 2, 2019

MAYA Oven Toaster Banana Cake Mix

Who doesn’t love banana cake? It’s soft, sweet, and easy to prepare. A staple at many homes, a delicious banana cake can be the perfect way to start your day at work or spend a cozy weekend afternoon at home. It also got an immense universal appeal—banana cake always hits the sweet spot no matter your age.

This comfort food’s simplicity makes it not only a no-fail treat, but also a perfect canvas for your kitchen adventures. And when you’ve got a mix as easy and reliable as MAYA Oven Toaster Banana Cake Mix, letting your creativity run free won’t be as daunting as it seems. Along with these easy recipes from The Maya Kitchen, you can transform your everyday banana cake into an exciting new dessert!

For a creamy medley of flavors, make some Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Cake. To create the special glaze, mix together confectioner’s sugar, peanut butter, and milk in a bowl until the mixture turns smooth. Then spread the glaze onto your banana cake. For an extra nutty texture, top your dessert with some chocolate or peanut butter chips.

When the days get hot and you need a decadent treat to cool down, Ice Cream Banana Bread is the way to go. First, use MAYA Oven Toaster Banana Cake Mix to bake a classic banana cake. Simply mix oil, eggs, milk, and mashed bananas in a bowl. Then, add the mix and blend. Bake the batter for 30 to 35 minutes. Once it’s ready, cut it up into three pieces, then layer some ice cream in between. Place it in the freezer for 1 to 2 hours, then drizzle on some chocolate sauce for your new favorite frozen delight!
You can also enjoy your banana cake in quick nibbles. Banana Cake Bites make for a very flexible dessert as they can be served at your next party, stored in a food container for an office snack, or enjoyed while watching a movie at home. Make the sauce by mixing some brown sugar and butter. Microwave and add in some rum and vanilla extract. Add a teaspoon of the mix into the muffin pan, covering each with a slice of banana. Sprinkle with chopped cashews and set aside. Then, create your banana cake separately. Drop the batter into the muffin pan and bake for 10-15 minutes. Once they’re golden brown, flip them upside down and voila! You have a cute, scrumptious Banana Cake Bite!

When it comes to reimagining beloved classics, trust MAYA Oven Toaster Banana Cake Mix and The Maya Kitchen’s easy-to-follow recipes to help you make brand new favorites!

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October 1, 2019

Samsung Smart Oven

Samsung launched its first-ever Pop-Up Restaurant at Robinson's Magnolia yesterday using only one appliance, Smart Samsung Oven!

Samsung Smart Oven has 2 models, namely, Samsung Smart Oven 32L MC32K7055KT/TC priced at P15,995 and Samsung MC35J8088LT/TC priced at P29,995

The Samsung Smart Oven allows you to do so much more than just reheating leftovers. With this 6-in-1 kitchen solution, you can also bake your favorite desserts, fry chicken without the use of oil, grill steaks, steam dumplings, and even whip up your own yogurt from scratch!

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