August 28, 2020

Is It Possible to Grow Watermelon in a Pot?

Successfully growing watermelons in pots starts before you even plant your watermelon seed. Choose a pot that will be large enough for your container watermelon to thrive. Watermelons grow rapidly and require plenty of water, so it is recommended that you go with a 5-gallon (19 kg) or larger size container. 

Watermelons require full sun for proper growth. Choose a location where watermelons receive eight to 10 hours of direct sunlight. The plants need sun to remain healthy and productive. 

Healthy watermelon vines produce 2-4 fruits per plant. The vines produce both male and female flowers. Both are needed to set fruit and there are fewer female flowers compared to male, about one female for every seven males.

Here is my watermelon fruit planted in a pot...

How To Make Salted Eggs

My mom-in-law supplies us with a lot of eggs every week. We're running out of ideas on how to consume the eggs so I tried, for the very first time, how to make salted eggs.

We didn't have red food coloring so we opted for violet just for fun. 😀

Ingredients: Eggs, salt, water. If you wish to dye, you will be needing food coloring, hot water, vinegar.


1. Wash the eggs thoroughly. Set Aside.

2.  Bring water to boil, add salt (according to the level of your taste). and stir until salt is totally dissolved. Set aside to cool completely.

3. Place the washed and dried eggs in a container carefully to avoid cracking. 

4. Pour in the cooled salted water until covering all the eggs.

5.  Cover the jar tightly so that the container is thoroughly sealed, and store in a cool, dry place for 30 to 60 days. Egg sizes vary, so brining time will vary as well. You can cook one after 30 days to see if it's done. Try again in 10-15 days if it's not quite there.

6.  After 30 days or so, simply boil the eggs like any normal eggs. 

7.  Dyeing the eggs is optional. How do you dye salted eggs? To cook, put eggs in a sauce pan, cover with water and simmer on low heat for five minutes. You can add a few drops of food coloring if you want an authentic bright pink color. Add 1 tbsp. of vinegar to make the coloring adhere to the egg shells.

August 27, 2020

Uniqlo's Fall and Winter Collection 2020

Discover the latest LifeWear collection and collaborations of Uniqlo's Fall and Winter Collection 2020 —from everyday casual wear to essential items, all aimed to provide comfort and improve the lives of everyone. Smart Ankle Pants Collection, Hana Tajima line by New York-based fashion designer herself, A Homage to Feminine Freedom from the Epitome of French Chic UNIQLO has collaborated with global fashion icon Ines de la Fressange.

UNIQLO LifeWear clothing is designed to improve the everyday life of everyone. Conceived thoughtfully with people's changing needs in mind, LifeWear adheres to a promise of continual progress towards something better. LifeWear clothing features the highest-quality materials, modern elegant lines, and superior comfort: all aimed to provide ease when staying at home or doing daily tasks, to help stay stress-free when working, and to give support in keeping active and healthy.


UNIQLO AIRism has comfort conditioning technology, which wicks away moisture, releases heat and absorbs sweat that provides maximum comfort. This season, UNIQLO showcases its complete range of AIRism, with pieces for men, women, kids and babies. The collection is made perfectly for one mile wear, for working at home, and for staying healthy and active at home or outdoors.


Clothes with functionality and design that can be used seamlessly from everyday life to staying active. The Sport Utility Wear lineup is made to be worn as one mile wear, comfort work wear worn at home, and for staying healthy and active.


Ultra quick drying functionality that provides comfort for those who want to stay healthy and active whether at home or outdoors.


It has soft material that disperses moisture, releases heat and and moves sweat away from skin to keep you cool and comfortable. A full lineup of AIRism products are available for the whole family, for everyday.


Includes 360-degree stretch fabric that expands and contracts as you move for a comfy fit. It allows you to move and stretch, without feeling restricted.        



These pieces are comfortable and stylish, perfect for any lifestyle. The fabric stretches vertically and horizontally with the 2-way stretch function, while resisting wrinkles for easy care.

*Not all men’s Smart Pants use 2-way stretch and easy care materials.


These items have remained loyal to their roots while evolving, by taking advantage of innovative technologies. UNIQLO has worked closely with the Jeans Innovation Center in Los Angeles to explore sustainable fabrics and create advanced jeans that deliver even greater quality and comfort. Using the latest technology, UNIQLO has enhanced women’s Jeans to make them snug and flattering to the wearer by focusing particularly on the fit, silhouette, and color variations. Men’s Jeans meanwhile are made of authentic denim yet they are so comfortable to wear. They are available in a range of patterns to accommodate diverse tastes.


Men’s and women’s Ultra Stretch Jeans have been updated to make them incredibly comfortable without compromising their authenticity. The fabric is more elastic to ensure ultimate stress-free wear.


New this season, Straight Jeans for both men and women are designed to make the legs look longer. The silhouette is straight from the waist down, for modern and refined styling. Men’s dark jeans feature 100% selvage denim from its partner Kaihara Corporation, for a contemporary look. 


Shorts pants are made for everyone and for any occasion - as comfort one mile wear, comfort work wear and when running errands. Available in a variety of length, design and materials such as denim, linen, cotton, satin, dry stretch, chino, jersey and kando.


UNIQLO offers an extensive line-up of T-shirts with different silhouettes, textures and colors. These include shirts of varying sleeve lengths, fit for any style as comfort one mile wear, comfort work wear at home and everyday wear. 


Dresses by UNIQLO are also available in different silhouettes, lengths, and colors, perfect for casual or smart wear. Like the Mercerized Cotton Dress, it is made with 100% cotton giving that high quality and stylish look, perfect working from home or running errands. 


UNIQLO offers everything from on-trend casual items to functional activewear, to cater to diverse lifestyles and choices, and to meet the new needs.

Women Must-have casual pieces are everyday parkas such as Pocketable and Blocktech, as well as textured suede jackets and tailored tweed jackets with a masculine touch for stylish pieces.

Men Jackets for both casual and business occasions include parkas, classic tailored and corduroy items. The washed jersey work jackets are perfect for this season.


Blocktech is designed for versatility and reliability. It offers breathable performance and it is made with seamless bonding technology. These coats and parkas feature a stitch-free construction that keeps errant water from seeping between seams and they are also fitted with a protective laminate film designed to shield wearer from the winds.


Compact and easy to carry around, the pocketable parka allows you to keep covered and protected at any given moment. It has water-repellent coating that repels light rain and UV ray protection (UPF40).


In 2003, UNIQLO introduced HEATTECH based on innovative technology developed with its partner, Toray Industries. Since then, numerous features have been added to this warm innerwear. For 20FW, plastic packaging has been replaced, with some exceptions, by more sustainable paper alternatives.


For this season, colors, patterns, and designs have been updated to give more outfit coordination choices. For example, the neckline on crew neck items has been tightened, or our popular HEATTECH Ballet Neck T-Shirts and HEATTECH Bra Tops now have a lace version. In response to popular demand the HEATTECH Waist Warmers and HEATTECH Body Shaper Bra Tops and Shorts would be made available again this season.


This season’s clothing offers a myriad of vibrant colors. The Extra Warm collection meanwhile now offers items with a deep gray color. Other highlights in this collection include long sleeved Ultra Warm pieces (in replacement of the half sleeved Ultra Warm versions) and Turtleneck and crew neck shirts made available in five hues.


Down jackets are warm, functional, and stylish, and are continually evolving. UNIQLO introduces its line of Ultra Light Down jackets with witty prints and seasonal designs. New hues for women’s jackets include plum, green, and lemon-yellow. Hybrid down jackets are a step beyond regular down outerwear and feature enhanced designs and functionality. UNIQLO has added detachable hoods to women’s coats and pinched the waists on down jackets to create a more elegant look. For the men, the new line of parkas enables the wearer to move around easily, and the coats have become lighter, following a detailed design review. Men’s seamless down jackets incorporate a new three-dimensional design that does not restrict arm movements.

UNIQLO’s down recycle program, which started from September 2019, to last until March 2020, has so far collected 620,000 pieces of down outerwear. The collected down will be reused as part of new recycled down products from this season.

Once known as the EZY Ankle Pants, UNIQLO renames its popular staple to Smart Ankle Pants. This collection is made with two-way stretch material that stretches vertically and horizontal, giving comfort the whole day without feeling constricted even when sitting or stretching. For easy maintenance, a special resin treatment was also applied on the fabric so that the center pleats do not easily loosen even after several washes.

Stemming from the brand’s LifeWear philosophy of making clothes to improve lives, the Smart Ankle Pants collection provides easy-to-wear items for both men and women in various fabrics and materials for more styling options whether for a casual or sleek look.

Designs to Better Express Your True Self

HANA TAJIMA FOR UNIQLO was created by New York-based fashion designer Hana Tajima, a believer in UNIQLO and its LifeWear concept. The collection expresses the world’s rich cultural diversity featuring universal designs with a focus on detail and comfort—highlighting elegant forms and an easy fit. These are clothes that adapt flexibly to women’s bodies as they subtly change with progression to each life stage, warmly supporting the everyday lives of all women.

Changing Identities - Accentuate Your True Self with the Power of Clothing Women today are advancing in society as all kinds of boundaries come down. The clothes women choose to wear each day can highlight each person’s unique nature and allow them to feel refreshed while providing all-day comfort. Besides easy mobility and convenience, if those clothes support a relaxed feeling and confidence, so much the better.

The Fall/Winter 2020 collection expresses the beauty of independent women through silhouettes and details, with an offer to help women also change inside. Textiles with leaf and grass patterns, and neutral tones of cold and warm colors schemes emphasize subtle beauty. Along with many shirt items, the lineup also incorporates details that allow outfits to reflect the mood of the day, such as tops that can be styled with just one side of the hem tucked in. Pants have also been updated with adjustable waists for a perfect fit. The collection features details that can be altered to fit the daily changes in women’s bodies and feelings.

A Homage to Feminine Freedom from the Epitome of French Chic

UNIQLO has collaborated with global fashion icon Ines de la Fressange to create essential wear based on the LifeWear concept of simple, high-quality clothing that makes life better. With her belief in designing comfortable apparel that reveals women’s beauty, the latest collection is inspired by individuals who symbolized female freedom and independence in the 1970s. Jane Birkin, Ali MacGraw, and Diane Keaton became fashion leaders and symbols of women’s liberation during that decade. The Fall/Winter 2020 collection salutes their enduring inspiration for women today.

Newly Offering Elegant Silk Dresses and 3D Knits

The range includes 100% silk blouses and wrap dresses as wardrobe essentials for sophisticated women. It also captures 1970s Bohemian culture through its twist pleated skirts and dresses in prints from paisley to polka dot patterns. As befitting the season, the collection also features a range of knitwear. For the first time, the collection includes items made with seamless 3D Knit technology that offer outstanding comfort and vivid patterns.

The collection will be available on and in UNIQLO stores nationwide. 

For more updates and to get the proper sizing measures, customers may visit

UNIQLO Philippines’ website at and follow social media

accounts, Facebook (, Twitter ( and

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August 26, 2020


My mornings are made lovely whenever I see a butterfly. Today is even lovelier as I was able to capture this beautiful scene.

Butterflies are deep and powerful representations of life. Many cultures associate the butterfly with our souls. The Christian religion sees the butterfly as a symbol of resurrection. Around the world, people view the butterfly as representing endurance, change, hope, and life.

"Butterflies are nature's angels.

They remind us what a gift it is to be alive."  

-Robyn Nola

August 25, 2020

Mr. and Mrs. Mendiola

Marriage is the beginning—the beginning of the family—and is a life-long commitment. It also provides an opportunity to grow in selflessness as you serve your wife and children. Marriage is more than a physical union; it is also a spiritual and emotional union. 

Marriage is the beginning—the beginning of the family—and is a life-long commitment. It also provides an opportunity to grow in selflessness as you serve your spouse and children. Marriage is more than a physical union; it is also a spiritual and emotional union. 

Couples who marry have been statistically shown to stay together longer and are more likely to bond for life. Marriage benefits society generally because it is associated with stable families. Stable families produce happier children and a more stable society with less crime and fewer social problems.

John and I are humbled and happy to have witnessed the Civil Wedding of Sir Erick and Ma'am Ruby!

The union was officiated by Mayor Menchie Abalos. Guests and witnesses were limited to ten to abide by the social distancing protocols. Those present, Sponsors - Mr. Rex A. Ado, Mr. Jayson Garabiles, Mrs. Rowena M. Garabiles, and Ms. Elisa P. Zulueta, and witnesses  Ms. Joanne C. Sugala and Ms. Gigi G. Bullanday.

 Mabuhay ang bagong kasal, Mr. and Mrs.  Mendiola!

August 24, 2020

Hotcake Remix: A definitive guide to quarantine’s greatest hotcake hits

A box of Maya Hotcake Mix has now become a staple in every modern home, so it wasn’t a surprise that it was selling like, well, hotcakes during the first weeks of the quarantine. Aside from being quick and easy to use, the possibilities are endless with just a bit of inspiration, a few tricks, and some add-ins. In fact, some of the major food trends that emerged in the past months involved this versatile box of hotcake mix. 

Breakfast fave: hotcake cereal. A win for anyone who ever agonized over the big breakfast decision: hotcakes or cereal? This trend creatively combined both, spawned various iterations, and is just really cute – not to mention easy. You can simply follow the instructions on the Maya Hotcake Mix packaging and create eggnog-sized hotcakes that you can serve with maple syrup, nuts, and fruit slices. Or take your hotcake cereal up a notch by making this no-bake chocolate chip cookie cereal. 

Chef’s kiss: tiramisu soufflé hotcakes. Hotcakes, but make it haute. Highly ‘grammable, these are the fanciest, fluffiest hotcake versions to hit both your dining table and your feed. So yes, Maya Hotcake Mixes are great for fast and simple breakfast fixes, AND as the base for making classy brunch staples too. Check out what you’d need to whip up those to-die-for tiramisu soufflé hotcakes.

Bite-sized treats: mini donuts. Whether as a childhood throwback or as a sweet memory of a freer time (we all gave in and snacked on those lil’ donuts at the mall at some point), mini hotcake donuts definitely took a spot on that food trends list. Aside from our predisposition to liking tiny, adorable things, coated in cinnamon sugar no less, you only need a box of Maya Quick n’ Easy Hotcake Mix, plus literally 3 other ingredients.   

Filipino flair: puto flan. The ultimate coming together of two beloved Pinoy treats, puto and leche flan, this creation tickled our taste buds and sparked a craze. And with Maya Original Fluffy n’ Tasty Hotcake Mix as a convenient puto base, it won’t be surprising for anyone to keep making puto flan, because honestly, #relatable. 

Pick-me-upper: coffee hotcakes. If you’re done mixing Dalgona coffee, this was the next logical step. An ode to our enduring love of hotcakes and a testament to how coffee just never goes out of style, coffee hotcakes are perfect to kick start any day. Because why just drink your coffee when you can eat it too? 

We aren’t quitting hotcakes any time soon, so go ahead and try these greatest hits while we wait for the next big food thing we never knew we needed. 

Follow and like MayaHotcakesandMore on Facebook, and @MayaHotcakesandMore on Instagram and Twitter.

August 23, 2020

Siglo’s Frozen Food Packs

One of the things I miss since the quarantine last March is going to Tagaytay and dining at Siglo . I miss all their great tasting, modern take on Filipino food.

Here's a good news to Siglo's Metro Manila patrons! They are bringing Frozen Food Packs, namely: Siglo’s Sisiglaw, Laing Tulingan, Crispy Pata, Himagsikan Wings and Baked Bulalo Kaldereta  closer to your homes through their authorized resellers and distributors! Available for pick up and delivery. Place your orders today through (0943) 131 6625.  Delivery fee depends on your location.

August 20, 2020

Dr. Cat Magnesium Oil Blends

I've been using essential oils for the longest time and I believe in its effectiveness. I have to admit though that it is the first time I've heard of Magnesium Oil Blends when my gym mate gave me a pack. So I hurriedly checked Dr. Cat Natural Therapy FB page to know more about of Dr. Cat Magnesium Oil Blends.

The Main Ingredient of Dr. Cat's roller blends feature a mix of magnesium and other essential oils to give effective results, thus providing an easy access to natural therapy. 

Dr. Cat is a magnesium-based brand providing effective natural therapy that offers different uses and benefits for your overall wellness. You may  email them at or call 0956 156 0804, visit site at .

August 18, 2020

ExpoMom 2020: A Brave New Us Goes Online

Mommy Mundo, the Philippines’ leading resource for parents brings ExpoMom, the longest-running lifestyle event for moms and dads, to the online space this August 29-30, 2020!  

For twelve years, more than a million moms and dads in every stage of parenthood from all over the country have attended ExpoMom for its parenting talks, premier infant and children’s products, and the Mommy Mundo community, which has been here for every mother for over two decades! 


Mompreneurs and Small Businesses were greatly affected by the pandemic and need our support! So we are giving you a chance to do this while shopping for your essetials by incoporating shopping credits with every ExpoMom ticket (basic pass not included).

ExpoMom 2020: A Brave New Us tickets range from a Basic Conference Pass to Gold level tickets with premium inclusions, but Bronze to Gold level tickets come with a consumable amount that ExpoMom attendees can use in the Mommy Mundo Shop at and avail of special deals from August 29 and 30, and extending the rest of the week until September 4, 2020.

Check our Mommy Mundo Online Shop, now with more brands, more products and with an improved interface,  designed so our mompreneurs partners can better showcase their goods. Shop your favorite mompreneurs at ExpoMom2020 and get exclusive and special deals only available  during the conference weekend from August 29-30 and extending the rest of the week until September 4, 2020.

August 4, 2020

Is It Possible to Grow Watermelon in a Pot?

Successfully growing watermelons in pots starts before you even plant your watermelon seed. Choose a pot that will be large enough for your container watermelon to thrive. Watermelons grow rapidly and require plenty of water, so it is recommended that you go with a 5-gallon (19 kg) or larger size container. 

Watermelons require full sun for proper growth. Choose a location where watermelons receive eight to 10 hours of direct sunlight. The plants need sun to remain healthy and productive. 

Healthy watermelon vines produce 2-4 fruits per plant. The vines produce both male and female flowers. Both are needed to set fruit and there are fewer female flowers compared to male, about one female for every seven males.

#OccasionsofJoy #Mendiolables #pakwan #watermelon #potfarming #potfarmer #cityfarming #cityfarmer #decomposing

August 3, 2020


Hanumanasana is a challenging seated pose that requires the work of the hips and hamstrings, while balancing the upper body on the pelvis.

Though it may take me more time before achieving the full expression of split, I am happy this pose gives me the gift of patience, to be soft, gentle, kind and be compassionate to my body.

Join Teacher Arlene's Class, Every Mon-Wed-Fri, 9am to 10am. Read details below

August 2, 2020

Dampa Seafood Grill Manila

We've been craving to eat at Dampa Seafood Grill Manila for months now but we do not want to risk bringing our children out yet so we opted for a delivery.

I ordered the Saucy Cajun Crab and Shrimp Platter @ P1,349 (price of product is inclusive of container fee), Cajun Corn @ P99 and Cajun Mussels @ P199.

What we liked:
1. They have their own delivery team so communication was smooth. Magalang ang delivery man, kahit masungit ako. 😀
2.  Delivered on time though our place is really hard to find.
3.  Best of all, MASARAP! The serving is generous! May sumobra pa for tonight's dinner

Dampa Seafood Grill

#71 Scout Limbaga St. Brgy. Laging Handa Quezon City



Dine-in: 12:00PM - 8:00PM from Wednesday to Monday
Delivery: 10:00AM - 6:00PM from Wednesday to Monday *Cut off is 4:00PM

August 1, 2020

Skin Reborn Essentials

Facial salons were closed during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and that meant I was not able to have treatment for my dry skin.  Good thing Skin Reborn Essentials was introduced to me by a friend last May because Skin Reborn Essentials Moisturizing/Whitening Cream helped ease my dry skin and lighten my age spots.

Set of Skin Reborn Essentials is only P280. Included in the set, Moisturizing/Whitening Cream, Kojic Bar Soap, Sunblock and Deep Cleanser.

To order, or if you want to be a reseller, feel free to contact Ms. Faye Verdejo in Facebook:

July 23, 2020

SM Megamall’s Flash Sale This July 24 to 26, 2020

Get up to 70% off on must-have items from SM Megamall’s Flash Sale this July 24 to 26, 2020!

Visit their website to download the limited online vouchers for free from participating stores on July 24, 12 noon to July 26, 11:59 pm. Mark your calendars and happy shopping! 🛍 #MegaFlashSale #ShopatSM

DTI Fair Trade Permit No. FTEB-102219 Series of 2020

July 21, 2020

Dr. Zen's IonAir Wearable Air Purifier

A week has passed since I celebrated my 47th Birthday, yet another gift arrived in a form of quite a small box.

What is it? It is Dr. Zen's IonAir Wearable Air Purifier, the latest portable necklace air purifier and negative ion generator. It weighs only 26g so you can wear it everywhere and have clean air wherever you go. This lightweight product is good for up to 8 hours usage and it comes with 2 colors - white and black. I got mine in white which I like a lot! I can now enjoy clean air, anytime and anywhere with IonAir.

This product is best for Family, Health Practitioners, Frontliners, Senior Citizens , Sports and Health 
Enthusiasts , Travel and Leisure Lovers, Children and Teenagers,  Pet lovers, for office use per employee. In short, Dr. Zen's IonAir Wearable Air Purifier is good for everyone.


When IonAir starts emitting negative ions, it will constantly remove the pollutants away from the breathing zone. it's an anion, and the anion that's released is going to combine with the dust in the air, and it's going to release 5 million per centimeter cubed. When the indication light turns green in the device, it means it's cleaning the air and purifies many harmful substances in the air.


➢ Ultra-Quiet and light-weight Design  
➢ Long Battery life - 1hour charging/ 8 hours usage 
➢ Hassle free maintenance - No filter replacement needed


• Kills viruses and bacteria 
• Increases immunity 
• Improves breathing 
• Reduces stress 
• Lowers Blood pressure 
• Regulates sleep patterns and mood 


• Wear as a necklace 
• Put in on your work table or bedside 
• Hang around your pets’ tags 
• Attach it on baby strollers or side bags

To know more about Dr. Zen's IonAir Wearable Air Purifier, 
you may visit their Facebook Page: IonAir Purifier 
and Instagram: IonAirPH

July 19, 2020

Online Pilates Class

While doing yoga in Fitness First before the quarantine, Teacher Ram incorporates a little of pilates in our class. I must say I extra love his class because pilates somehow helped me recover from some pain in the body. 

Pilates (or the Pilates method) is a series of about 500 exercises inspired by calisthenics, yoga and ballet. Pilates lengthens and stretches all the major muscle groups in the body in a balanced fashion. It improves flexibility, strength, balance and body awareness. Yoga can help deepen your meditation practice, improve your flexibility, and help with balance. Pilates may be better for recovering after injury, improving posture, and for core strength. 

I am happy to announce that even if I'm at home I can now enjoy a full Online Pilates Class with Ms. Fritzie Colacion of Vitalive Tagaytay. 

Photos from Ms. Fritzie's last week Online Pilates Class 

Ms. Fritzie is a Certified Rehab Pilates Teacher from Merrithew.  She teaches online pilates for those with problems like Stroke, Parkinsons, Scoliosis, Postural Correction and other pain in the body. Online Class Rate per head is P500. You may contact her at Landline: 046 6838218, Smart: 09498732799 and Globe :09278872345.

Ms. Fritzie Colacion at her Vitalive Tagaytay Studio

The health benefits of Pilates include, improved flexibility, increased muscle strength and tone, particularly of your abdominal muscles, lower back, hips and buttocks (the ‘core muscles’ of your body), balanced muscular strength on both sides of your body, enhanced muscular control of your back and limbs, improved stabilisation of your spine, improved posture, rehabilitation or prevention of injuries related to muscle imbalances, improved physical coordination and balance, relaxation of your shoulders, neck and upper back, safe rehabilitation of joint and spinal injuries, prevention of musculoskeletal injuries, increased lung capacity and circulation through deep breathing, improved concentration, increased body awareness, stress management and relaxation.

Always consult your doctor before embarking on any new fitness program, especially if you have a pre-existing medical condition or have not exercised in a long time.


July 18, 2020

Glamourista PH

I was very excited to unbox Glamourista PH gifts for my 47th Birthday because it was personally given by their Founder and her Fab Mother.  It meant joy for me, success to the CEO of Glamourista PH and  pride and honor for her parents.

Who then is the CEO of Glamourista PH? She is one of my most favorite former Dominican Girls.  I've met her since she was 6 years old.  She is tall, pretty and intelligent but remains grounded. Walang kaarte-arte kahit may karapatang umarte.

She is Samantha Ysabelle S. Sempio. A 17 year old teen who is a lover for Animals, Music, Dance, and has a passion for travelling the world. She conceptualized this company in the time of the pandemic as a need to help out the family. As her interests grew she discovered the world of Cosmetic and Fashion.

To tell you frankly, I am not much into cosmetics because my husband and kids find me looking best without make-up.  They can't stand how I look with a very dark tint on my lips or cheeks. They say, it makes me look old but when I tried the products sent by Sam and her mom, my family didn't notice that I was wearing one, they just blurted, "you look radiant mom!".

Who is Glamourista PH?

Glamourista PH is a company based on quality and safety. Their products are top notch with it being organic, paraben free and animal cruelty-free. Their consumer base is in the range of teens and individuals with sensitive skin we make sure our products are up to par if not even better than current safety standards. 

Their goals are directed to helping individuals in reaching their dreams and aspirations. In opening their visions to a realm of possibilities and opportunities in which only the sky is the limit. And of course making you feel fabulous the Glamourista way not only by using their products but also as a distributor!

If you want to be one of the Glamouristas, visit them at .

July 16, 2020

Uniqlo Officially Launches its Online Store in the Philippines

Japanese global apparel retailer, UNIQLO, officially launched its Online Store. Available on the UNIQLO website and its mobile application, the online store provides a faster and more convenient shopping experience to customers, complementing its network of retail locations across the Philippines.

“We are pleased to announce that everyone can now shop his favorite LifeWear pieces on UNIQLO’s mobile app and website. The launch of UNIQLO Online store stems from the brand’s commitment to bring LifeWear clothing more accessible to our customers nationwide. Our mission has always been about improving the lives of everyone through high quality clothing, outstanding level of service, and a unique shopping experience. We are deeply excited for our customers to enjoy the online store for themselves,” says Masayoshi Nakamura, COO, UNIQLO Philippines.

In the online store, customers can avail sizing from XS to 3XL on select items; pick up purchases in their preferred branch or have it delivered to their location nationwide; opt to pay in store via credit card (Visa/Mastercard/JCB/AMEX) and debit card (Visa/Mastercard); and check availability of items in other stores. For further information, customers can visit and download the UNIQLO mobile application.

The online store offers a complete lineup of LifeWear items for men, women, kids, and babies strengthening the brand’s philosophy of providing clothes to make everyone’s life better.  For more exclusive offers and updates, visit the special page at , follow social media accounts, Facebook (, Twitter ( and Instagram (, and download the UNIQLO mobile app.
For more information about UNIQLO and Fast Retailing, please visit and

July 14, 2020

AllYouKnead by Kathy

I am a certified bread lover, be it pandesal, mamon, connamon, bread roll and more, and that's why I tried many, if not all, the best pastry shops in the metro.

Since the quarantine last March I only depend my bread fix on online orders, often  made by small -homebased businesses, as John and I are doing are share by helping the owners cope up with the financial burdens caused by COVID19 pandemic.

A day before my birthday my friend, Engr. Edgar Hilado, highly recommended that I try AllYouKnead by Kathy. AllYouKnead by Kathy is located in Novaliches and so I thought this must be worthy enough of my time and taste since Ed vouched for its breads.

Well, what can I say? For 2 days I alternately ate Ube Cheese Pandesal, Cheddar Ensaymada and Cheese Rolls! Medyo nag damot pa ako sa mga anak at asawa ko as I hid breads from them😁, kasi nga masarap!

Ube Cheese Pandesal. at Php250/12 pieces, has the right amount of purple yam and cheese filling.  Out of the many Ube Cheese Pandesal I tried in the past, this is by far on top of my list.💜

Cheddar Ensaymada, at P300/ box of 6, is so soft, fluffy and cheesy! It tastes a lot like that famous ensaymada in the market na ang mahal di ko na sasabihin ang pangalan!

Last but not the least, Cheese Rolls! Grabe ang kalambutan! Super love the cheesy goodness. All products suit my taste because it's not so sweet pero super sarap!

Taste all these yummy, smooth and soft breads by checking AllYouKnead by Kathy:
 FB page at
call: 0920 967 5282

July 12, 2020

Short Hair

I used to have short hair while in college because I was very busy as a working student.

 As soon as I graduated, I started growing my hair longer in preparation for my wedding.

It has been 27 years since my last short hair so I decided it's time to make a change.  What prompted me to arrive in this life changing decision? The falling hair is so bad that it clogs our bathrooms. It is also very dry due to hair coloring and rebonding.

As I turn 47, I am joyfully embracing my new-easy-to-manage short hair! 

Gratitude goes to Oskee Cabeltis for this new do!

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

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

July 11, 2020

Twin Flames

My love for reading since I was a kid led to understand so many things about life early on but when I became a mom of three and been busy with events I seldom have time reading. 

Since the beginning of the quarantine due to COVID19 pandemic I've been browsing books, both gifts from friends and those I bought, but didn't get to read. 

One of topics that caught my interest is Twin Flames.  This is the first time that I read about it.  The reality is that not only do soul mates exist, but it’s possible to form even deeper connections which experts call twin flames. I undoubtedly know the concept of soul mates, I fully believe in it since I met John 1993 and eventually married him in 2000. As for the twin flames I did a lot of reading to blog about it.

Let's as first differentiate a soul mate to a twin flame. Soulmate is someone who is made from the same kind of energy as you and soul mate connections are highly significant. A person can have multiple soulmates such as a friend, brother, mother or even a spouse.  A twin flame is on another level entirely. Usually, this will lead to romance. However, it can also manifest in the form of an intense friendship.

So, what exactly is a twin flame? It is also called mirror soul, they represent an important chance for happiness and growth. According to the website 

If you have a twin flame, you are fated to meet this person at some point in your life journey. The two of you will be pulled together like magnets! You will know when you've connected with this person because you'll immediately experience a sense of recognition. Many people describe an uncanny sense of having known their twin flame all their lives. When you encounter the person who carries the other half of your energy, it can create a profound and life-altering sense of wholeness.

Your relationship will naturally be extremely intense because twin flames are mirrors of one another. This person will not only provide a sense of wholeness; they will also elevate your self-knowledge, including knowledge of your flaws. Consequently, there's a potential for conflict as well as happiness. Rest assured that it is possible to have a happy, healthy relationship with your twin flame. However, this is only possible if you can learn to love yourself, as your twin flame is part of you. This love must be honest and unconditional! Otherwise, a part of you will always be driven to reject your twin flame.
Most Common Twin Flame Symptoms:

1. Intuitively knowing what the other person is doing, feeling, or thinking about. Plus, you find that they can detect the same things about you.
2. Sharing many of the same interests, values, hobbies, and preferences. For example, your twin flame probably has a lot of books in your favorite genre. Similarly, you likely gravitate towards the same food as well.
3. Often having the same thoughts or emotions at the same time, even if you're in different places. When you're together in person, this may result in you saying the same thing at almost the exact same moment.
4. Feeling a strong physical pull to touch and be close, whether in a romantic or platonic setting.
5. Having the same dreams at night, and frequently appearing in each other's dreams. Sometimes your dreams will only overlap in theme, but the core message and feeling will be similar.
6. Feeling like you can easily communicate without speaking out loud. A simple glance will often be enough to tell you what your twin flame thinks about what's going on around you.
7. Understanding complex or hidden parts of each other. This can be uncomfortable and confronting, but it can also be deeply liberating and validating.
8. Sharing some of the same vulnerabilities and weaknesses. You may see some of your old faults in your twin flame, or have some of your present difficulties highlighted by the way this person behaves.
9. Feeling like it's safe and natural to be your authentic self around this person. For example, even if you're normally shy, a twin flame will quickly make you feel comfortable enough to just be you.
(For more reading on this topic please visit and subscribe to

10 Signs You've Found Your Twin Flame by Psych2Go Youtube Channel:

Here are the The Stages of Finding Your Twin Flames by Twin Flame Guides Youtube Channel:

July 10, 2020

Butterfly Pea Flower

Modesty aside, I used to have many suitors when I was young. Most of them will give flowers and chocolates while courting me. I appreciate flowers a lot but given a choice between receiving flowers or fruits as a gift, I'd choose the latter. This is maybe because I am very practical person or matakaw lang talaga ako.😆

If you see in my garden I only have 3 kinds of flowers, and the one that I love the most is the Butterfly Pea Flower because it can be eaten. I like putting it in any salads. It is best when as tea because it have been used to treat general pain, reduce inflammation, help with common eye issues like conjunctivitis, fight against certain types of cancers, induce brain health, and “increase vitality.” It is also a good natural food colouring agent, plus it is very easy to grow.

If you want to learn about growing your own Butterfly Pea Flower, join Lorenzo's Sanctuary for an online Grow Food with Love Zoom class either July 18 or 25 plus 2 private sessions per student. Class Fee is only PhP 600 inclusive of grow kit and materials.

In this class you will learn to do potting mix, natural fertilizer and simple foods from your harvest. 20% of your fee goes to @abotph  #Pahalagahan project which gives healthy packs and grow kits to families in Sampaloc Manila.

Registration ends July 15 for the first batch and July 22 for the 2nd batch.  Register thru: 

I would like to extend my gratitude to Lorenzo's Sanctuary for this Butterfly Pea Flower.💓

July 9, 2020

Brave Yoga

COVID19  pandemic have dramatically changed the lives of most of us preventing people from going out and disrupting the routine we’ve gotten used to. Since the beginning of the enhanced community quarantine I've been doing yoga at home by watching videos in Youtube.

If you miss yoga just like I do, I am happy to share with you this music driven choreographed yoga work out class by Brave Yoga.  Brave Yoga is a collaboration by life partners Brian and  Dave.  Both of them are 250 hours Certified and Registered Yoga Teachers through Yoga Alliance and Internationally certified Les Mills BodyBalance/BodyFlow instructors with 6 years of teaching experience.

I've joined Brye and Dave's class twice in Fitness First in MOA and I enjoyed the experience  because their sequence and a routine is flowing and fun.

Get your mats ready my dear readers and enjoy a dynamic flowing yoga moves combined with inspiring music by Brave Yoga.

Please do subscribe on their Youtube Channel and spread the love. 💓

July 8, 2020

Train With CK

COVID19  pandemic strictures have hindered most of us to do what once was our daily routine. For me, that includes going to the gym daily. People are forced to stay in the safety of our respective homes disrupting our happy lives but we’ve got to do what we have to do to fight this deadly virus.

Staying at home though does not mean we be couch potatoes. It is important that we stay fit and healthy by exercising. Exercise not only improve your physical strength, it also helps your mental strength.

Since the beginning of the enhanced community quarantine I've been exercising by watching home workout videos in Youtube, particularly yoga and ab workout.

Sharing with you today AB and Core Workout for Beginners by Kamil Quimio.  Kamil or commonly known as CK, is a Certified Personal Trainer/Fitness Instructor at Fitness First Megamall. I believe in this young man because he walks the talk.

Check out Train With CK in Youtube, please do subscribe and enjoy working out and getting fit.💓

July 7, 2020

Gram Cafe and Pancakes

My kids were super excited when Gram Cafe and Pancakes opened at The Fashion Hall of SM Megamall last February but we did not have the chance to try them because the line was too long.

Finally yesterday, before heading to do our grocery, John and I satisfied our cravings for Gram Cafe and Pancakes fluffy Japanese soufflé pancake! I'm normally not a dessert kind of person but for oh I enjoyed this smooth and soft, not too sweet pancakes!

What made the day even better is having a great conversation with the super nice Manager, Chef Rodney De Pano. He took the time out to answer our questions. He even gave in to our jokes.

July 3, 2020

Lorenzo's OILexperience

I was finally introduced to what essential oils are all about last week via the Zoom Class of Ms. Olive Medina. Although I am not new to the healing benefits of essential oils, my knowledge was limited to Virgin Coconut Oil. 

For three nights I got to try two of the many essential oils of Doterra, namely Lemon and the Sleep Blend. 

My family and friends know my sleeping habit, I don't sleep much at night and mostly do naps in the afternoon. After trying Doterra's Sleep blend I did have a calming and long sleep which kind of surprised my husband because I was already down by 10pm and woke by 5am. According to Ms. Olive, Sleep  blend contains Copaiba and Doterra Propreitary blends Serenity and Balance that calms the nerves and aids in giving a restful sleep.

The Lemon I put a few drops on my tea which actually lifted my usually tired body in the morning.  I got to finish my morning yoga session with Teacher Arlene withou feeling groggy.

Lemon is one of the most popular essential oil of Doterra.  It is extracted from the rinds of the lemon from citrus orchards in Sicily Italy.  Lemon has multiple benefits and uses. Lemon is a powerful cleansing agent that purifies the air and surfaces, and can be used as a non-toxic cleaner throughout the home. When taken internally, Lemon helps detoxify the body,  provides cleansing and digestive benefits and supports healthy respiratory function. Lemon is frequently added to water, juices and food to enhance the flavor of desserts and main dishes.  When diffused, Lemon has an uplifting aroma.

Know more about Doterra's Essential Oils by visiting Ms Olive in her FB Page Lorenzo's OILexperience .

July 2, 2020

FREE Online Class About Essential Oils

Last week I joined the True Essentials class of Ms. Olive Medina via Zoom.  The online seminar was held for was a three consecutive nights, an hour each class from 8 to 9pm. The talk was all about essential oils and its benefits which I truly enjoyed.

To know more about this FREE class about essential oils, feel free to click the link below to register.

July 1, 2020

Bake On with The Maya Kitchen

Staying at home for the past months has brought out the inner baker in many of us. Even before the pandemic, baking has proven to be a therapeutic way of managing our fears and anxieties. And it isn’t just about enjoying something warm and delicious. Baking involves all our senses and our full attention, forcing us to focus on the recipe and quiet down our own inner dialogues. It gives us a semblance of control in times of uncertainty, not only during times such as these, but throughout all challenges in life.

That is why The Maya Kitchen encourages you to keep your newfound baking habit alive even as we gradually emerge from quarantine. Baking is not only meditative, it also unleashes our creativity, allowing us to express ourselves, experiment with substitutes, and troubleshoot baking problems right in the moment. It teaches us to be more patient as we wait for the dough to rise or the cake to bake perfectly in the oven.  

Plus, baking allows us to bond and the make the most out of our time with our loved ones—over some delicious treats and new learnings, of course. Baking and its sweet results simply bring people together and add joy to their lives, which is quite a feat in these times. 

So bake on and make yourself and others happy. While at it, take your love for baking a bit further with these easy-to-follow recipes from The Maya Kitchen. 


2 teaspoons yeast
1 ½ cups warm water
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons shortening
4 ½ – 5 cups sifted MAYA All-Purpose Flour
breadcrumbs, as needed

Dissolve yeast in ¼ cup of water. In a bowl, combine the remaining water, sugar, salt and shortening. Add 4 cups of the flour and the yeast mixture. Mix well then transfer to a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic. Use the remaining flour for dusting the table and your hands if the dough gets sticky. Place dough on a greased bowl, cover and let it rise until double in bulk.

Preheat oven to 350°F/177°C. Place risen dough on a floured surface. Flatten with your hands to form a rectangle about 16 x 3 inches. Starting at one end, roll up the dough with the right hand while sealing with the left hand to form a cylindrical strip of dough. Roll in bread crumbs. Let it rest for 15 to 20 minutes. Cut dough into pieces about 1 ½-inch thick. Place in baking sheet cut side up. Let the dough pieces rise until light, for approximately 1 hour. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

2-3 dozens

Coffee Hotcakes

1 pack MAYA Fluffy n’ Tasty Original Hotcake mix 200 grams
1 piece egg
2 tablespoons oil
½ cup brewed coffee cooled (or dissolve 1-2 tablespoons instant coffee powder in ½ cup water)
unsalted butter maple syrup as needed

1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl until slightly lumpy (do not over mix).
2. Pour ¼ cup hotcake batter mix onto pre-heated, lightly greased pan or flat skillet. (as much as possible, try to make your pancake round)
3. Cook until bubbly then turn to cook the other side.
4. Serve with butter and syrup.

Yield: 5 to 6 hotcakes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Caramel Choco Fudge Brownies

1 pack MAYA Chocolate Fudge Brownies prepared according to package directions
Caramel layer:
½ cup butter
1 cup light brown sugar
¾ cup sweetened condensed milk
½ cup light corn syrup
1 pinch salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Chocolate ganache:
½ cup heavy cream
½ cup dark chocolate chopped
Assorted nuts chocolate chips, for topping

1. Bake brownies according to package directions. Set aside.
2. In a nonstick pan, heat up caramel ingredients until thick (Softball stage 200-220°C). Pour this over the prepared brownie.
3. In a microwavable bowl, heat up cream for about 30 seconds. Add in chocolate. Microwave in 20 second bursts until chocolate is melted and ganache is smooth. Spread top caramel layer. Top with desired nuts, chocolate chips and other toppings.
4. Set aside to set. Cut into bars. Serve.

Yield: 16 bars

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Learn great recipes at 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, 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 8892-1185 or 8892-5011 local 108 or +63929 679 6102. 

June 25, 2020

Jollibee Group Foundation Partners with Community Groups to Help Feed Families in Need

Many families have been severely affected by the ongoing pandemic,reason that the Jollibee Group Foundation (JGF) partnered with the Samahan ng Nagkakaisang Pamilya ng Pantawid   (SNPP)  and  the   Affiliated  Network  for   Social  Accountability-East  AsiaPacific (ANSA-EAP) to distribute some 215,000 food packs to families in need across 42 cities and municipalities in Luzon and Visayas.

SNPP   is   an   independent   organization composed of parent-leaders who are also members   of  the   government's  Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. It has around 80,000   household-members   across   the country. ANSA-EAP, on the other hand, is an inter-country resource facility for socia laccountability, and is SNPP’s institutional partner for providing leadership and skills-building seminars. SNPP   and   ANSA-EAP’s   established network   enabled   JGF   to  systematically identify affected communities that became direct   beneficiaries   of   food   packs  from Jollibee Group. “In   times   of   crisis,   access   to   food   isalways   a   major   concern.   

During this pandemic, the spirit of bayanihan is very much alive and we are humbled by how Filipinos   from   all   walks   of   lives   came forward to find  ways  to  bring  assistance during  these   uncertain   times.”   said   JGF Executive   Director   Gisela   Tiongson.   “Being   mindful   of  social   distancing   while   doing   food distribution required new ways of doing things. Our NGO partners, including SNPP and ANSA-EAP, made it possible to deliver food quickly and directly to the homes of those who need it themost.”“Dahil matibay ang samahan ng SNPP, mahusay ang naging distribution—organized  at maysocial distancing. Natuto ang parent-leaders sa tamang pagdi-distribute,” said SNPP presidentJaina Catacio.  “Sa mga  beneficiary,  hindi nila akalain na may ipamimigay talaga na  Jollibee chicken   packs.  Naiyak   at   naluha   sila,   hindi   akalain   na  matutugunan   ang   tawag   ng   tiyan, (Because of the strong structure and relationships within SNPP, the organization was able tohelp keep the distribution organized while ensuring social distancing. The parent-leaders even learned about how to properly conduct the distributions. The beneficiaries could hardly believe.

For   interested   donors,   they   may   donate through online bank transfer to the Foundation’s Metrobank (Acct. No: 473-7-473-01406-4; SwiftCode:   MBTCPHMM)   and   RCBC   (Acct.   No:  1253-10519-0)   accounts,   or   via   PayMaya( 1: Together with the Samahan ng Nagkakaisang Pamilya ng Pantawid (SNPP) the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability-East Asia Pacific (ANSA-EAP), the Jollibee Group has distributed some 215,000 food packs to communities in need as part of its FoodAID Program (Photo credit: SNPP).PHOTO 2: The Jollibee Group Foundation has brought its coin banks online to give the public aconvenient way to donate and help feed even more frontliners and families who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 24, 2020

Ube Cheese Pandesal

Katulad ng iba pang mga pagkain na biglang pumatok noon, tulad ng shawarma, zagu, toasted siopao, ang Ube Cheese Pandesal ay usong uso ngayon. Marami sa mga nagbebenta nito ay online sellers na ginawang libangan ang pag luto sa kapanahunan ng pandemya.

Matagal kaming natakam at nag abang kung kanino unang una bibili nito. Sa Kumareng Riza ko lang pala ako makakabili. Hindi nya ito luto, hango nya sa kaibigan nya.

Patok sa akin ang Ube Cheese Pandesal dahil hindi sya katamisan. Saktong sakto sa aking panlasa, sabayan pa ng mainit na kape! Mas masarap syang kainin kung paiinitin sa oven toasted.

Ang tanong, hanggang kailan bago sawaan ng mga Pinoy ang tinapay na ito?

June 23, 2020

Online Yoga Class with Teacher Arlene

I've been in and out of yoga for many years but fnally here for good with the support and encouragement of my peers and teachers, among them is Teacher Arlene. She is one of my most favorite yoga teachers because her execution and transition of movement has a very smooth flow. I never miss her Wednesday Class in Fitness First.

If you are considering of doing yoga for the first time or maybe you'd like to go on a higher level, you might be interested to join Online Yoga Class with Teacher Arlene.  Details on how to enroll, fees and schedules are as follows:

Teacher Arlene helped me achieve this beautiful yoga pose!

June 12, 2020

Oskee Cabeltis

Isa sa pinaka mabait na taong nakilala ko ay si Oskee Cabeltis, Sampung taon ko na syang kilala pero hindi nagbabago kahit madami na  syang mga celebrities na clients.

From a humble beginning, Oskee is not a successful Salon owner, aptly named Oskee Cabeltis Salon. Oskee is celebration his birthday which coincides with Philippine Independence Day, June 12.

Happyy Birthday, Mama Osk!

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

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

June 10, 2020

Shangri-La Plaza welcomes back shoppers with safety stickers

With its recent reopening, Shangri-La Plaza involved its community in designing safety-distancing markers as part of the measures that keep the mall a safe environment for returning shoppers.

The initiative invited mall guests to come up with their own designs for social distancing stickers, which would be applied to floors and elevators. Since the announcement of Art Step in the Right Direction in its social media pages, Shangri-La Plaza has collected several hand-drawn and digitally-made designs from Shang Community members of different ages! Six of these wonderful creations can now be seen and experienced around the mall by visitors. 

Aside from the social distancing markers, Shangri-La Plaza pioneered putting together an experienced and first aid-trained Emergency Response Group as part of its safety protocols, making regular rounds in its premises. The mall continuously conducts mandatory temperature checks at all entrances, has made automatic hand sanitizer dispensers available at the entrances, restrooms, and other key areas, and  performs regular rigorous sanitation. All mall guests and employees are required to wear a face mask to enter and through out their stay.

Shangri-La Plaza resumed operations with slightly reduced business hours, from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM daily. Aside from supermarkets and essential stores, retail outlets, including fashion, beauty, and home brands, are already open. Shang encourages mall guests to follow and regularly check and @shangrilaplazaofficial on Instagram for the updated list of store openings, mall hours, and other pertinent information. 

Art Step in the Right Direction is one of Shangri-La Plaza's ways to strengthen the #ShangCommunity and to ensure that mall guests and employees are #SafeatShang.

For inquiries, call 8-370-2597/98 or visit Follow the Shang on Instagram: @shangrilaplazaofficial.