December 31, 2019

Thank You and Goodbye 2019

Like every other year that passed, I did not expect much for year 2019. My life is kind of cemented already. I have a great husband and children. In my little corner of this world everything is awesome as that Lego Movie would sing it.

But sometimes life throws a curveball to keep us out of balance.  I was given difficult situations starting December 28 of 2018 leading up to the end of this year.  I could have given up easily and focus on my fairly happy life but I chose to jump into the unknown.

There were so many events to mention it will take a year to read so I would only choose two. One is joining (and winning😍) Mrs. PTA 2019. The other one is going to Baguio without my family and riding a bus for the first time. 




There were a lot of tears and pain along the way but I wouldn't have it any other way because the unexpected experiences and surprising people have brought so much joy into my life. Thank you and goodbye 2019!


December 30, 2019

My Yoga Journey

Out of all the exercises I've tried for many years, I know that yoga is for me. Becoming a yogi is actually one of my bucket list but I struggled with schedules and laziness.  Yearly, every January to be exact, I'd enroll in a gym or any fitness clubs only to quit after a week or two.

This year, starting last May, was a different story. I stayed not only for weeks but still doing yoga for 7 months now! Thanks to my son Juan, Brian and all the staff  of Fitness First, all my yoga teachers and classmates and most of all my husband for pushing me to go on! Feeling ko nanalo ako ng crown. 😁

There are many branches of yoga. I can't remember it all but this is the only exercise I'm mostly happy because it helps me achieve a sense of focus in various ways.  Hindi na ako masyadong hyper because of yoga's relaxing and meditative power.

More than 90 percent of people come to yoga for flexibility, stress relief, health, and physical fitness. But, for most people, their primary reason for doing yoga will change. My truth, since I was young I wanted to be a yoga teacher but because I have not been consistent attending classes I'm back to square 1.

I like yoga  because it benefits both my mind and body. It tones my core (which is my biggest body problem), improves my focus and makes me feel happier about myself.  I can now joyfully and confidently wear a two-piece swimwear!😁

back bend, yoga, www.occasionsofjoy.com

Sharing below some of the Core Yoga I did for the last 7 months at Fitness First. If I were you, don't just watch my vlogs, come and join me and reap the benefits for your mind and body.








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

December 29, 2019

Mediterranean Lunch

One of the benefits of going to the gym is meeting extraordinary people. One of the many good people I met at Fitness First is Cristina. We instantly click right after that small talk inside the steam room.  Since then she's been giving me healthy breads.

Last week she even invited me for a Mediterranean lunch at an exclusive Shuk in Makati City where I got to meet Mr. Mike Hanopol.


What can I say about this Mediterranean cuisine we had? I like that the foundation of the Mediterranean diet is vegetables, fruits, herbs, nuts, beans and whole grains. Meals are built around these plant-based foods. I enjoyed all the veggies we ordered.  Moderate amounts of dairy, poultry and eggs are also central to the Mediterranean Diet, we had a combination of chicken and beef for our shawarma.  For P600 I was so full I had to bring home the pita or bread.

December 28, 2019

Godparent

I grew up not having a Godparent whom I can talk to so when I became one I made sure to be a proactive ninang.  I am present not only to give Christmas gifts moreso when my Godchildren needs an ear.


Date with my inaanak, Joaquin Chiuco Juplo at Pound x Flatterie in SM Megamall. This is his first time to eat here so I ordered for him. Joaqui likes everything but particularly mentioned how delicious the fries was!





Thanks Michael and Connie for making this possible!


"The best and most beautiful things in the world 
cannot be seen or even touched - 
they must be felt with the heart."
- Helen Keller

December 27, 2019

Red Mendiola

Babies makes life worth living because they're pure as an angel and as fresh as a blooming flower. Their smile, oh their smile makes everything beautiful. 

I am one happy aunt with the coming of Baby Red Mendiola, Joyful to be part of her Christening as my husband stood as one of the Godfathers.

Happy for Red's parents, Sir Erick and Ma'am Ruby, for they are given a very pretty and adorable baby.



December 26, 2019

MandScie Heroes Run

My family, #Mendiolables, are always up and on the go to support The City of Mandaluyong Science High School's projects and activities.  The recently concluded Heroes Run was brought by the Faculty Department of CMSHSM.

John and I even came in costume, him as Captain America, and me as Super Girl. 
He obviously won because of his shield😁


JOY Begins at Forty - A Thanksgiving Party

My husband wanted to throw an 18th birthday for me when I turned 36. We would have titled it Joy's Debut - 18th Years After. But then I asked him not too because all I wanted was to sleep all day.  My 37th, 38th and 39th birthday were celebrated simply with few friends. I didn't get the chance to invite all the people that I love.

For my 40th birthday, my family were supposed to travel. But again, as fate would have it, we weren't able to book early.  And again, as luck would have it, I won a twenty-nine thousand peso party package good for 50 pax at Fun Ranch last February when they held an Amazing Race among Mommy Bloggers.

Right after claiming the prize, my kids asked, "who's party are we going to use it?". Julia, Rafael and Juan insisted on their respective birthdays. Since Julia and Rafael are twins, I thought it would be unfair to Juan if we use it for his Ate and Kuya's birthdays. I always want to be fair with my children, so I joked, "we'll use this prize for my 40th birthday".  And the three musketeers all agreed nonchalantly.

It took me months before finally agreeing to have 40th birthday celebration. I wanted to invite all the people who have been a part of my life, but then again I realized, if I do that, we will be needing a bigger venue - probably Araneta Coliseum.  So just a week prior to my birthday, I decided to invite just the people  - friends and relatives alike, who helped me along the way. Those loved ones and friends who made a lasting contribution in my 40 years on earth.

John suggested I title my party, Joy Begins at 40 (in relation to Life begins at 40 saying), and as suggested by my friend Jingle, the theme is wig party.  I was very blessed that my friend, Star, took time out from her busy film and tv taping and shootings to host my party.

As appreciation, I prepared few items as giveaway, plus a mini book - a collection of my favorite quotations and stories I posted in this blog. 

We had two games, which include thread and needle. I asked my Aunts - Tita Be, Tita Charing, Tita Jo  and Tita Linda, and Uncle Tino to participate in this game. But before starting the game, I gave a few word, my thank you speech for them, as I learned a lot from them when I was young. 

Next game was condom blowing contest. Contestants are husbands and wives. Joy and Bhogz Felizardo won this game. Proof how well-coordinated their moves are (wink!wink!).

We also had pick-a-prize, using my favorite plastic toy eggs.   

Before finally calling it a night, 18 men (including boys) were called on stage. They were all clueless why they were called on stage.  I told Star, I didn't get to have a debut party because my mother was ailing that time. So, to make my BIG 40 a complete success, I did 18 Dance last July 12.  It's never too late to do just that because as my birthday party title said it, JOY BEGINS AT FORTY.


Crow Pose

Crow Pose is one of the many arm balances in yoga and I've been struggling for seven months to do it.  Finally did it today! Gratitude to Teacher Matthew for patiently teaching me.  


I dread this pose because I'm so afraid of falling forward and hitting my head on the mat. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect.  The best way to practice is with a pillow on the floor in front of you. Start by balancing for just a breath or two, and build the strength to hold this pose for 5–10 breaths. Place your knees high on the arms near the armpits. Although the knees do rest on the backs of the arms, remember to squeeze your thighs inward. The squeezing action is key to creating the necessary tension required to stay balanced in this pose. 

December 25, 2019

Christmas 2019

This is how we celebrated our Christmas 2019, simple dinner and 12 days of Christmas Game courtesy of Tita Gaye.


December 24, 2019

Mt. Ayaas

John and I have been wanting to trek for years. It's just that our schedules won't meet with friends who have been inviting us. 

Finally last week comes the invite of our beautiful yoga teacher, who's also a trail runner, who joyfully offered to bring us at Mt. Ayaas in Rizal.

Mt. Ayaas is a pleasant addition to the outdoor destinations of Rodriguez, Rizal in Brgy. Wawa in Rodriguez (formerly Montalban). We started early, 4am meet up at Mcdo Ever Goteco Commonwealth. Then drove to Bgy Wawa. The place is just an hour away from Metro Manila but we made it in less than an hour because most of the people were already on Christmas vacation.

Mt. Ayaas is a mountain made distinctive by its river trekking and grassland slopes and offering dramatic views atop limestone formations.

I had difficulty the first half hour because I could not see much, I forgot my glasses at home.  The trek was very slippery and I kind of slipped many times but thanks to body balance yoga because I did not fall even once.

Our gratitude to Teacher Arlene for being our trek guide, official video and photographer. Sobra, sobrang salamat! Na enjoy namin ng todo ang hike na ito!

  

MT. AYAAS
Rodriguez, Rizal
Major jumpoff: Brgy. Wawa, Rodriguez, Rizal
Minor jumpoff: Brgy. Mascap, Rodriguez, Rizal
Hours to summit: 1 day / 3-4 hours

December 23, 2019

Ube Halaya

My mom cooked the best halaya in Novaliches but she passed away early in April 1993 so I didn't get the chance to learn it from her. Then I met Mama Esther, now my mom-in-law in October of 1993. She makes the best ube halaya in Mandaluyong! I still didn't learn from her because I was busy with work before, then in vlogging and events. 

Today, I made my first ever Ube Halaya with the help of Gavin and Youtube.  I call this Halaya ala Mendiola. This is an easier version for those who'd like to do things quick and easy. Masarap naman. Nasarapan din ang mga tumikim.  😁


How to do  Halaya ala Mendiola:

Ingredients:
1 kilo ube
1 big evaporated milk
1 big condensed milk

Instruction:
1. Wash and peel ube
2. Boil until soft
3. Mash ube
4. In a pan, put mashed ube then add evaporated milk (set fire in medium) keep stirring
5. When evap milk dissolved, add condensed milk (set to low fire)
6. place in a service tray, let cool.

December 22, 2019

The Gift of Health

Jing and I have been friends since our elementary days. I stood as one of her bridesmaids and eventually the Godmom of her firstborn, Jam. If our schedules meet, the three of us bond by watching at least one Filipino-Drama-Love-story a year.

This time we did it differently. I shared the gift of health by inviting them in Fitness First to try yoga. By the look of it, mukha naman nag enjoy silang mag nanay. Sana maulit muli ang bonding na ito.




December 21, 2019

Wawa Dam

In case you plan to visit Mt. Ayaas and its nearby mountains make sure to drop by at Wawa Dam and see its beauty. You can actually just go there for Wawa Dam itself without hiking or trekking the mountains. The place is a quick and cheap getaway anytime. this weekend?

Located just 2 hours away from Manila, depending on the traffic.  Wawa Dam is a legendary and historic site, a giant named Bernardo Carpio split the mountain into two (Mt. Pamitinan and Mt. Binacayan). Historically, the site was used as a hide out by the revolutionary leader Supremo Andres Bonifacio.

We didn't have a hard time locating the place since Teacher Arlene is familiar in it since she visits Mt Ayaas for trail run practice. She even brought her car. John left our car in Mcdo Ever Gotesco Commonwealth.

There are public transport, just Google them, you'll find your way there.

What to do: Sightseeing, buy fruits and veggies, picnic, swimming, biking, hiking, rock climbing and lots of photo op!



Address: M. H. Del Pilar Street, Rodriguez, Rizal



December 20, 2019

St. Joseph Resthouse

Note: This was a trip my family did in 2016. I fposted this in my old and forgotten travel blog. I'm sure rates rates have changed. Please check St. Joseph Resthouse website for details.

Just like the movie  'That Thing Called Tadhana', the #Mendiolables had a sudden road trip to Sagada last April 11.  We left Manila at 12:30am, with 2 stops for gas and coffee, we reach Sagada after 8 hours.

The first thing we did was to find a place where we can stay for our five days Sagada exploration. During that time, accommodations are fullybooked due to Caving Conference.  Since I have read about St. Joseph Resthouse before, I told my husband to go there. We took a chance, luckily they can accommodate us for a night. We stayed in a 3-bedroom, which costs P2,500. Well, it was cheap by Manila Standard but not when you're in Sagada. There are other accommodations for as low as P250 per head, per night.

We settled our bags and other stuff and had lunch at St. Joseph Resthouse Restaurant. John slept, Rafael and Juan watched tv, while Julia and I went around town to register and check out food places,.

All Sagada tourist must register first at the tourism center for P35 per head. You have to keep the receipt and bring it to all spots because they will check the control number before you can proceed.

Have fun!

I’m not an expert on Sagada but I do hope that you find this post useful. I’m only sharing some of the things that I learned from our trip. If you have any suggestions or simply want to share your own experiences, then please feel free to do so in the comments section below. I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the cool mountain atmosphere of Sagada!

December 19, 2019

Ditumabo Falls or Mother Falls

If you've been to Baler but didn't get to see Ditumabo Falls, you have not completely seen all the beauty that Baler has to offer.  

The waterfalls which also known as the “Mother Falls” is one of the key attractions in Aurora province. It is located in Barangay Ditumabo, San Luis, Aurora, Baler. The #Mendiolables actually almost didn't get to see this falls because John had a foot injury from 6 hours of driving and non-stop walking upon our arrival in Baler. Before heading back to Manila John said, "let's go to Mother Falls before heading home". I was so happy because I didn't want to miss all the recommended tourist spots in Baler.

Ditumabo Mother Falls is a must see landmark when in Aurora, Baler. The exciting hike and refreshing waterfalls will surely make you want to go back in Baler!



December 18, 2019

Exchange Gift with Jam

Bukod sa pagiging maybahay at nanay, ikinagagalak kong maging isang ninang. Isa sa pinaka paborito kong inaanaka ay si Jam. Mula bata hanggang ngayon ay mabait syang anak, ate, apo, kaibigan, ka tarabaho, kamag anak at inaanak.

At dahil maganda na ang takbo ng kanyang trabaho, binibigyan nya na ako ng aginaldo. Syempre patatalo ba ang ninang? Hindi kaya biglaang exchange gift with Jam. She gave me a wine set with opener and sushi. I gave her Slender Sips.



December 17, 2019

Benefits of Ashitaba

I bought this Ashitaba for fifty pesos some 5 months ago in Shangri-La Mall Fair. It was just a small plant. I actually didn't know what to do with it until it started growing so much leaves. 

Google is always the key, according to the internet, "ts root, leaf, and stem are used to make medicine. Ashitaba is used for “heartburn” (gastroesophageal reflux disease, GERD), stomach ulcers, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, gout, constipation, and hay fever. It is also used for cancer, smallpox, fluid retention, blood clots, and food poisoning.

For best results, plant ashitaba in a deep, fertile soil in full sun or dappled shade. Water the plant regularly to keep the soil consistently moist, but not waterlogged. You can improve moisture retention in the soil by mixing in 2 to 3 inches of leaf mold, compost or fine pine bark to the soil before planting.


December 16, 2019

Fitness and Flavors Low Carb Roasted Garlic Chicken and Mushroom Pizza

Can't get enough of pizza but trying to cut on carbs? Try Fitness and Flavors Low Carb Roasted Garlic Chicken and Mushroom Pizza! It's gluten-free, total Carbs of only 4.6 grams and Calories of 238 / serving (serves 4).

For orders, call 0926 649 9708 or check them in Facebook @Fitness.and.flavors .



#OccasionsofJoy #FitnessandFlavors  #lowcarblove #lowcarbpizza #pizza #lowcarbholidays #pizzalovers #Mendiolables

December 15, 2019

Panda Express

I'm one of the vloggers invited for the Grand Opening of Panda Express last week. Unfortunately, we were not able to have a taste of what they offer since we were only given a small take out box of their orange chicken, which I gave to the ever hardworking utility personnel of Fitness First.

The next day, my kids Julia and Juan begged me to try this newest craze in Megamall. As a dutiful and loving mother I obliged though I know how long the line is.

It took us two hours to be able to order and try Panda Express offerings.

Julia's and Juan's Verdict: Too sour for our taste but if you like sour food, this is for you.

My verdict, I liked their Chicken Mushroom but will only go back probably after 6 months or more when everybody's curiosity died down. As for the Orange Chicken, I like my mom-in-laws version better.



Panda Express
Ground Floor, Bldg A. SM Megamall

December 14, 2019

Sheena Belarmino

Sheena Belarmino, The Inday Wonder of Your Face Sounds Familiar, is a young singer that I'm sure will make it big in the music industry. She can also be big in the movies if she wishes too kasi ang gandang bata! Hindi din suplada, walng kaarte-arte when she performed at the recently concluded SM Supermalls Bloggers/Vloggers Appreciation Night.

She sings great, to think she's only 13. Ka edad lang ng bunso kong si Juancho. 
Instant favorite ko na sya!

December 13, 2019

Panda Express Manila

Panda Express, the biggest American - Chinese concept in the world has officially opened its door in Manila, located at the Upper Ground Level, Bldg A of SM Megamall.



December 12, 2019

SM Supermalls Media Appreciation Night

Thanks SM Supermalls for recognizing the contribution of bloggers/vloggers in the success of all of your events!



December 11, 2019

Let's Cook with Nora Updated Edition by Nina Daza Puyat

When one mentions Nora Daza, great food comes to mind. A true champion of Filipino cuisine, Nora’s culinary contributions have made a huge impact in the local food culture. Now, the legacy continues in the Daza family as Nora’s youngest daughter and renowned food writer Nina Daza Puyat recently launched a new edition of the iconic Let’s Cook with Nora cookbook to fit today’s kitchens.


In honor of the launch of the cookbook’s new edition, The Maya Kitchen pays tribute to the culinary legend by hosting To Mom with Love: Nina Daza Puyat’s Loving Tribune to Nora Daza’s Iconic Cookbook, a special cooking demo with Nina who dishes out how she restyled her mom’s timeless recipes to make it more relatable to modern-day cooks and foodies.

At the demo, Nina features some Noche Buena-ready dishes such as Daza Chicken Relleno, the Daza family’s signature dish, Orange Tart, a must-try at Nora’s Au Bon Vivant restaurant, Kaleslaw, a healthier version of coleslaw, and Parmesan Fish Sticks, an updated version of her mom’s Fish Sticks Italian Style.


“It took me over a year to kitchen-test all the recipes in my mom’s cookbook Let’s Cook with Nora. The new edition remained true to the easy-to-follow recipes, but I tweaked some instructions, updated the ingredients list, and added variations, so it reflects how we cook today,” Nina explains. “My mom’s cookbook was launched over 50 years ago, so it was about time we upgrade the recipes.”


Dubbed as the Philippines’ first culinary ambassador, Maya and Nora hosted the pioneering cooking and baking competition The Great Maya Cookfest with Nora Daza that ran from 1976 to 1990 and helped launch careers of a new generation of chefs and cooks. She also joined the show winners as they traveled to the United States, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, among others, to promote Filipino cuisine and learn about the host country’s food.

Nora and Maya’s connection goes beyond the cookfest, as the culinary legend actively promoted The Maya Kitchen, formerly known as Maya Bakeshop, and Maya products by holding cooking demos all over the country. Most of the episodes of her show, Cooking It Up with Nora, were also shot at The Maya Kitchen.

“Hosting Nina’s demo of recipes off the new edition of Let’s Cook with Nora brings Maya’s bond with her family full circle,” says Eric Fajardo, Business Development Manager of Liberty Commodities Corporation. “The Maya Kitchen has always been proud that we’ve been a part of the impact of the Daza family—from Nora to Nina—to the Filipino culinary scene.”

As Nina takes on the mantle to ensure her mom’s well-cherished dishes remain relevant in today’s homes, the legacy of Let’s Cook with Nora remains 50 years on to inspire and delight a new breed of culinary enthusiasts.

Daza Family

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(L-R) Eric Fajardo, Nina Daza-Puyat, Lourdes Fajardo

Learn great recipes at www.themayakitchen.com. If you want to take your baking and cooking skills up a notch check out Maya Kitchen’s course offerings at the website, e-mail contactus@themayakitchen.com, or visit The Maya Kitchen Culinary Center every Tuesday to Saturday at 8F Liberty Building, 835 A. Arnaiz Avenue (Pasay Road), Makati City or call 8921185 or 892-5011 local 108 or +63929 679 6102.

December 10, 2019

Girl

Lyn, whom I fondly call Girl, and I have been friends for more than a decade now. We met in events and even if she is not active in blogging anymore we continue to be friends.  Since we both like Razon's Halo Halo a lot  we've made it a pact to spend our annual get together sa pagkain nito.❤

We also make it a point to watch one Filipino Love Story Movie each year. For 2019, we watched the tear-jerking Unbreakable.

Dapat ganito ang pagkakaibigan, kahit walang kailangan patuloy ang komunikasyon.


At dahil di kami sinipot ng mga ka Christmas Party namin, napa Coffee Project ng di oras😁


#OccasionsofJoy #friendship #friends #razonshalohalo #razons #halohalo #coffeelovers #coffeproject #coffee #coffeelovers #friendshipgoals

December 9, 2019

Mandaluyong City Celebrates Education Week

To reaffirm and emphasize the role of education in empowering and developing the young into becoming productive citizens of the country who are responsive to the needs of the times, the Department of Education, DepEd has issued Memorandum 491, series of 2010, to announce the conduct of an Education Week from December 6-10 as part of its efforts to encourage every stakeholder to invest in education.

This is how  Mandaluyong City Celebrates Education Week.


December 8, 2019

Julia and Rafael's 17th Birthday

Last years celebration for the twins 16th Birthday was spent with theird friends, classmates and some of our closest family friends and relatives.

This time for Julia and Rafael's 17th Birthday it was a simple celebration with Mama, Tita Gaye, Gabe and Meeca at Pound x Flatterie in Megamall.


December 7, 2019

ZONTA SAYS NO TO TEEN PREGNANCY AND CHILD MARRIAGE

Zonta Club of Metro Ortigas and Commission on Population, National Capital Region launched a comic book, Kilala Mo Ba Sila? at Rizal High School Gymnasium in Pasig City.  The morning event was attended by 1,000 students who participated in a forum.  A special participation of Mr. Jose Mari Chan  made the event more fun.

POPCOM-NCR AND ZONTA INT’L CAMPAIGN FOR TEENAGE PREGNANCY PREVENTION 

The Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) in the National Capital Region and ZONTA International will jointly launch a manga type of Comics to campaign for the prevention of teenage pregnancy, to be held on November 29, 2019 at Rizal High School in Pasig City.



The launching is in time with the observance of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence which is observed annually from November 25-December 10.  This year’s theme is “Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands Against Rape!”.

POPCOM-NCR Regional Director Lydio M. Espanol Jr. said that there are around 500 girls giving birth in the Philippines every day and there are more adolescents engaging in premarital sex, thus raise the concerns about early and unplanned pregnancies among the young people.

“To appeal to the emotion of our young people, POPCOM-NCR and ZONTA, Int’l ventured into the production of comics that contain three stories about young people battling issues on teenage pregnancy, Human Immuno Deficiency Virus (HIV) and early marriage,” added Espanol. 

These comics will disseminate information on the possible causes, factors and effects of engaging into non-sexual and sexual risk behaviors among young people.

Director Espanol explained that that there are different factors affecting the kind of behaviors of today’s youth. As stated in the Young Adults Fertility and Sexuality Further Study of NCR, YAFS3, factors such as the sexual risk-taking behavior and exposure to pornographic materials, particularly X-rated videos are facilitative of early sex among the young people. 

He added that a combination of many and complex factors, such as the younger age of menarche, changing sexual behaviors with regard to premarital sexual activity among the youth and increasing tolerance on premarital sex coupled with less stigma on legitimizing out-of-wedlock pregnancies or living-in arrangements contribute to the increasing incidence of teenage pregnancy. The other factors include lack of information about sexual reproductive health and rights, sexual violence such as rape and incest, child forced marriages, lack of access to reproductive health programs, ineffective parental guidance, and negative peer pressure, among others.

Given the complexity of the factors, POPCOM supports the call to declare this alarming state as “National Social Emergency” so that it can be addressed drastically by inter-agency and multi-stakeholders collaboration, including immediate family, schools, LGUs, national government agencies, religious sector and civil society organizations through policies and program interventions. 

The launching and production of these comics are necessary as NCR tops the number of young people who are engaging into early sex based on the Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Survey 2013, and 7 out of 10 of these activities do not use any form of protection against pregnancy and STI, HIV and AIDS. 

The comics is intended to be distributed to students with ages 10-19, as the main target of the program and the ones who are most vulnerable to these non-sexual and sexual risky behaviors. ### (POPCOM-NCR, November 24, 2019) 

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Zonta International is a leading global organization that continues to seek solutions in empowering women through service and advocacy. It envisions a world in which women’s rights are recognized as human rights and every woman is able to achieve her full potential. Founded in 1919, there are 29,000 members in 1,200 Zonta Clubs in 63 countries.

In the Philippines, there are some 1,800 members in 51 Zonta Clubs located in different cities. They volunteer to work together with local government units and non-government organizations in order to create a movement that will break down barriers and build pathways to a gender-friendly environment especially for women and girls. 

Since 1999, Zonta has joined the international campaign of 16 Days of Activism which begins on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day. Last October 2018, Zonta was the only private sector partner of the Global Program to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage. This program aims to bring together all stakeholders in a collective effort to prevent girls from marrying too young and to support those already married as girls. 

Child marriage is any formal marriage or informal union where one or both of the parties are under 18 years of age. Each year, 12 million girls are married before the age of 18 – that is 23 girls every minute or nearly one every two seconds. In the Philippines, girls with little to no education get married before 18. The social impact is an enormous economic loss that is carried over through generations as their children tend to be underfed and undereducated while the child mothers remain in poverty. Thus, teen pregnancy leads to child marriage. 
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This year, Zonta Club of Metro Ortigas’s response to this global movement is to create a comic book that will serve as a basic tool to start the dialogue that will lead to doable solutions. One of the solutions that came into view was Commission on Population’s report that “about 500 teenage girls give birth in the Philippines every day as more adolescents engage in premarital sex, raising concerns about early and unplanned pregnancies in the world’s 13th most populated country. A perfect partner has been found for Zonta’s advocacy.  

This comic book will be made available through partnerships with Zonta Club of Metro Ortigas and Commission on Population.   

Zonta of Metro Ortigas joins its global sisters in the battlecry:  Zonta Says NO to Teen Pregnancy!  Zonta Says NO to Child Marriage!

For more information, please email zontametrortigas@yahoo.com. 

December 6, 2019

Trendspotting Bloggers Thanksgiving Party

Power couple Ralph and Michelle Huertas are one of the nicest people I know in the blogging world.  They have genuine love and respect for bloggers/vloggers, hence they threw Trendspotting Bloggers Thanksgiving Party at Quezon Buffet in Fisher Mall last week.

Everyone went home happy with prizes from sponsors Novu Hair, Aficionado, Hearty Bread and many more.



December 5, 2019

Tsuta - The World’s 1st Michelin Starred Ramen Restaurant Launches New Tonkotsu Soba Bowls

It's very unusual for John and I to finish a big bowl of ramen, but earlier at Tsuta made it difficult for us not to with their their Spicy Tonkotsu Soba and Kurobishio Tonkotsu Soba. It's that good!

These Three NEW Tonkotsu Soba Bowls are priced starting at P390 and will be available beginning December 6, 2019 onwards at Tsuta located at the Upper Ground Floor C3 Bonifacio High Street 7th Avenue, BGC. 


Every bowl is an original creation of Master Chef Yuki Onishi. He first opened Tsuta Japanese Soba Noodles in Sugamo, Tokyo in January 2012 and redefined the classic Ramen experience; without any artificial components or MSG. Taking creative inspiration from premium, natural ingredients, he created the World’s First Michelin-starred Ramen eatery – Tsuta.

In recognition of his dedication to his culinary craft that drew long lines of customers to his restaurant daily, Tsuta was granted One Michelin Star in 2015 ahead of any other ramen restaurant in the world. This distinction still fills Chef Yuki with pride as he earned his star because of his signature Shoyu Soba, which featured his signature full bodied & delicate dashi and a special blend of his custom brewed shoyu finished off with a piquant black truffle sauce for a multi-layered flavor experience.

Its first international branch was opened in Singapore by November 2015 and on December 2017 a restaurant branch was opened in the Philippines, at the heart of Bonifacio Global City.

In this sense, Chef Yuki’s vision has come to its full fruition with the launching of his 3 NEW Tonkotsu Soba Bowls, namely Tonkotsu Soba, Kurobishio Tonkotsu Soba and Spicy Tonkotsu Soba, 
 where he has masterfully enhanced richness of the broth while still preserving the essence of his signature Dashi. 

Tonkotsu Soba
This creamy white collagen-rich broth consists of premium black pork bone and trotter boiled at a high temperature then diligently simmered for hours to extract the richest flavors possible. Hokkaido sea kelp and shiitake mushrooms are added to the broth towards the end to enrich the taste with natural umami flavors. Just before serving, a special Shoyu seasoning sauce is added to amplify the fragrant, savoury, and full-bodied broth.

Kurobishio Tonkotsu Soba 

‘Ma You’ (burnt garlic oil) – a classic tonkotsu flavor in Japan – is painstakingly made from scratch using a combination of aromatics including black pepper for its woody flavor and fragrant burnt garlic. The noodles are topped with homemade black pepper minced pork, black fungus mushrooms and fried garlic chips for crunch. A drizzle of the piquant black Ma You gives the rich tonkotsu broth a unique garlicky and intensely earthy flavor. 

Spicy Tonkotsu Soba

Inspired by the bold, spicy flavours of Sichuan cuisine, Tsuta has developed its own chili oil using Sichuan peppercorns, cinnamon, star anise, and dried chili flakes to accompany its signature pork broth. Served with homemade Mala minced pork, crushed peanuts and goji berries, the subtly spicy-and-numbing flavors will meet its match pitted against the rich, full-bodied broth.


About FOODEE Global Concepts: 

FOODEE Global Concepts is one of Manila’s Largest multi-brand food groups, continuously dominating the culinary scene with over 30 years of experience under its belt, It is run by the power tandem of father and son, CEO Rikki Dee and COO Eric Dee. The FOODEE Group started with homegrown brand for the Philippine market like Mesa Filipino Moderne. They then moved on to bring brands from all over the world to cater to the food-obsessed Philippine market all while maintaining their mantra of Affordable Luxury whether they be for Fast Casual, Casual Dining, or Fine Dining Concepts. The famous brands under the FOODEE Global Concepts group include other Michelin-starred restaurants such as Tim Ho Wan, FOO’D, Kam’s Roast, and Tsuta Japanese Soba Noodles. Other popular brands within the FOODEE Global Family are The Food Hall at SM Aura, Pound x Flatterie, Sunnies Café, Bench Café, Kai, Cerveseria, and IlaoIlao.

December 4, 2019

Holiday gift guide for sustainable shopping

This year, gift-giving can be more meaningful not only to the receiver, but also to you as the giver. Aside from showing your appreciation for your loved ones, you can also take this opportunity to help local communities and the environment by supporting social enterprises. 

For this year’s BPI Sinag ng Pasko Bazaar, BPI Foundation will be bringing together Filipino social enterprises to a one-day fair offering a wide range of sustainable gift options to choose from. Most of these brands are offering products are handcrafted or made from recycled materials and other organic ingredients.

This fair is happening on Dec 11, 2019 , 11am to 10pm at Glorietta 2.

December 3, 2019

Pound x Flatterie

In just 2 short years, Pound has already grown to 11 branches with further expansion on the horizon. Although Pound has already managed to make an indelible mark in the local dining out scene, in the F&B Industry, one cannot simply rest on its laurels and past successes so they thought it was high time to give Pound a REMIX.


In this REMIX, their Pound BGC and Pound SM Megamall branches will get a refresh by adding their Italian brand Flatterie to the mix. From Flatterie, guests can expect an assortment of pizza and pasta favorites along with their signature Indulgence Flatbread headlined by seared foiegras and truffle cream that just scream RICH. With the mashing of both their Pound and Flatterie brands, the NEW Remixed concept now boasts of an expanded menu from burgers, sliders, pizza, pasta, rice, and so much more that can satisfy more of your cravings at any time during the day.

So again, welcome to the Pound Remix! You asked for this, they listened, and you finally got your wish!

Pound x Flatterie Branches:

Ayala Malls Manila Bay SM North Edsa
Bonifacio High Street, BGC Vertis North Ayala Center
SM Megamall Fashion Hall Eastwood City Libis
Greenbelt 3 Ayala Center Alabang Town Center
SM Mall of Asia Robinsons Place Ermita
The Food Hall SM Aura

About FOODEE Global Concepts:

FOODEE Global Concepts is one of Manila’s Largest multi-brand food groups, continuously dominating the culinary scene with over 30 years of experience under its belt, It is run by the power tandem of father and son, CEO Rikki Dee and COO Eric Dee.

The FOODEE Group started with homegrown brand for the Philippine market like Mesa Filipino Moderne. They then moved on to bring brands from all over the world to cater to the food-obsessed Philippine market all while maintaining their mantra of Affordable Luxury whether they be for Fast Casual, Casual Dining, or Fine Dining Concepts. The famous brands under the FOODEE Global Concepts group include other Michelin-starred restaurants such as Tim Ho Wan, FOO’D, Kam’s Roast, and Tsuta Japanese Soba Noodles. Other popular brands within the FOODEE Global Family are The Food Hall at SM Aura, Pound x Flatterie, Sunnies Café, Bench Café, Kai, Cerveseria, and IlaoIlao.

December 2, 2019

Shirshasana or Yoga Headstand

Masyado naman syang seryoso! I've been doing yoga religiously for 6 months now. Siya 1 month, intermittent pa pero kaya na nya ang Salamba Shirshasana! ❤



This pose is often shortened to Shirshasana or Yoga Headstand. It is an inverted asana in modern yoga as exercise; it was described as both an asana and a mudra in classical hatha yoga, under different names
(Source: Wikipedia)

10 Awesome Health Benefits Of Headstand: 
Relieves Stress, Increases Focus, Improves Blood Flow To The Eyes. Increases Blood Flow To The Head And Scalp, Strengthens Shoulders And Arms,
Improves Digestion, Helps To Flush Out The Adrenal Glands, Decreases Fluid Build-Up In The Legs, Ankles, And Feet, Develops Strength In The Core Muscles, and Stimulates The Lymphatic System.
(Source: DoYouYoga)

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December 1, 2019

Chung Choon Yeon Ga

Taking advantage of Chung Choon Yeon Ga's Soft Opening Promo - 3+1 and Free Fruits Slush Service. Sulit dito para sa masarap, premium, best at authentic  BBQ brand from Korea.🇰🇷

Soft Opening Promo is from Nov 24 ~ Dec 7, 2019, from 11:00 am - 02:00 am🕑
This branch of CCYG unlisamgyupsal is the first ever branch in the Philippines. It is located at the  the Upper Level of IL Terrazzo Mall, 33 Sct. Madriñan St, Diliman, Tomas Morato, QC.


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