Wednesday, December 2, 2020


I still vividly remember some years back, when during the Christmas season, I would join different bazaars.  It was terribly tiring (with all the ingress-egress work, talking to customers) but at the end of the day, it was fulfilling. Why? Because I get to interact with local buyers, I get to promote local products and earn a bit from it!  Yes, as a shopper, I am also a bazaar/trade fair fanatic. The conversations I strike with local sellers from different parts of the country, I truly enjoy! 

When I launched my blog in 2015, I made it a point to always write about MSMEs. It was my own little way of supporting our local entrepreneurs. 5 years after, I have countless happy experiences working with them, some of these entrepreneurs I have remained friends up to this day. This is another aspect of my work as a blogger that is very much fulfilling!

Fast forward to 2020! 

My passion to be an entrepreneur was rekindled. During the pandemic I tried re-selling McShine Coffee  (1) because me and the hubby are coffee lovers  (2) I found customers here in the village who don't want to go out and buy their coffee stash (3) I like working with good friend Anne, who is the owner of McShine Coffee.

I would get orders from our village viber group, and also promote the coffee online. This re-selling business has helped me a lot during these trying times. I got myself an extra work out, when I rode my bike delivering coffee in the neighborhood. I eliminate boredom when I tried to sell to different people. And of course, I never ran out of this super sarap coffee supply!

The unexpected inclusion to the #SoShopbyLBC online bazaar

So when I heard that a good friend is looking for bloggers who do online selling, I volunteered! And it started this happy collaboration with SoShop! by LBC.

When I officially joined So Shop! as an online seller, I brainstormed with Anne what to sell and how many do we sell at the online bazaar. After a few days of planning, we determined what to sell -- syempre our best sellers!

Because I also want to highlight Anne's business, and introduce her as the "brains" behind Mcshine Coffee, we decided to do a video. Eh bakit naman hindi, when I am a TV writer, and she a certified super galing  video editor! I wrote her script, and she edited the visuals. The result you will find here >> McShine Video that we are truly proud of!

You will see in the video, that I got interviewed LIVE by Sir Ramon Bautista. It is a first time for me. So I am very happy going into this new experience!

Life after the LIVE selling

Participating in bazaars, on site or online entails a lot of hard work. After the LIVE interview, I got my very first text message from our coordinator that we have an order! Yey!  It is just one order of Sagada Coffee. But Anne and I were just so giddily happy with it!

Fixed our order. And Kuya LBC picked it up the next day. And this was our normal schedule ever since Nov.29 until today, Dec 2!  And so glad to update you guys, that today, we have 10 orders of coffee! Super thankful to all those who bought our coffee.


And those who want to still order from McShine Coffee >>  you can still place your order and add to cart until Friday > Dec.4!

So how's my online selling journey so far? Super awesome! I am glad I joined this online bazaar by So Shop! by LBC because:
  • it showcased Mcshine coffee as a brand
  • it showcased also the coffee brand's objective of helping the local farmers
  • the online bazaar is a good way for buyers to do their online shopping from the comforts of their homes, safe and secured (because mode of payment is Cash on Delivery / Cash on Pick up)

Tuesday, December 1, 2020


The Holiday season brings people together because of the joyful festivities and the mouthwatering feasts.  The celebrations may turn out to be a little different this year but Century Park Hotel is definitely keeping the yuletide traditions alive with the reopening of Century Tsukiji, the hotel’s Japanese food outlet, on December 1, 2020. Get ready for loads of delightful treats and offers coming your way.  

Kickoff December with an Eat-All-You-Can Special featuring classic Japanese delicacies. Customize your filling meal by choosing from the following categories: appetizer (potato salad, kani mango salad, kani krunch maki, yasai itame, vegetable tempura and yasai salad), main course (ebi tempura, chicken teriyaki, tenderloin teppan, salmon belly teppan, pork tonkatsu, buta kakuni, chicken karaage and yakiniku), rice (steamed rice, mixed fried rice, vegetable fried rice and beef fried rice), soup (miso and corn miso) and dessert (tiramisu, matcha cake, Hokkaido cheese cake, vanilla ice cream and strawberry ice cream).   

At only P999 net per head, the fantastic Christmas feast is available daily from 11:00AM to 2:30PM. Check out the menu below for the complete selection.   

This holiday deal gets even better!  Enjoy additional dishes like salmon & tuna sashimi and ramen on December 24 – 25 & 30 - 31, 2020 and January 1, 2021 for only P1,450 net.  

Ramen lovers will also swoon over the Unlimited Ramen offering. Choose from among five warm bowls of delight, namely: tonkotsu ramen, chashu negi miso ramen, niku shoyu ramen, tori age yasai ramen and niku to uminosachi yaki ramen.  These creations are paired better with sushi delights such as shake chizu, kani kyarameru, california maki, kappa maki and kampyo maki. Relish this unlimited culinary treat for as low as P699 net.   

Other Japanese cravings from the a la carte menu and set meals are also available for your enjoyment.  

Protocols such as temperature check, disinfection, filling out of health declaration form upon entrance, social distancing, one-way policy and wearing of masks will be enforced.   

“We are excited to welcome guests once again to Century Tsukiji.  After the reopening of Atrium Lounge a few months ago, the comeback of our Japanese outlet is a refreshing development.  It shows the resilience of the hospitality industry and love for good food is not something that even the pandemic can change,” says Anthony Tan, Century Park Hotel’s General Manager. 

Exhilarating times are just about to commence at Century Park Hotel Manila. We look forward to spending the holidays with you over an indulging blowout.  For more information, contact us at 8528-5855 or 0917-633-2497, via SMS or Viber.

Saturday, November 28, 2020


As a mother of two, in this time of the pandemic, I worry every single day for the health of my family. We have very minimal interaction with people outside. My husband and I are both work from home. My son and daughter are into online education. We have never set foot outside of our village since March, me in April when I came back from Sydney. My husband in March and April still went out for grocery, twice a month. But after that, we sourced out our basic needs online. We rely much on delivery of goods.  

Why are we so afraid to go out. Because of Covid. But common illnesses such as cough and colds still visit us, even though we are staying at home 24/7. And when these illnesses come, I know its not Covid, but I still think of the worst! What if it is Dengue? Or Chikungunya? For this OC mom, is there a more effective way to beat these health hazards brought about by mosquitoes apart from what we already know. Like, keeping the environment clean and eliminating mosquito breeding grounds?


It is unique because of it’s naturally derived active ingredient: Spinosad. It’s a class of its own compared to other existing larvicides with a distinctive mode of action that helps fight resistance. Natular DT is also safe for the community because it is naturally derived. 

Natular DT works unlike any other larvicide. It works by altering the function of insect nicotinic acetylcholine receptors that causes continuous nervous impulses that later result to paralysis and death of the larvae. This happens through ingestion and contact with the active ingredient. Its 1st visible effects are seen within hours of application. Optimal control is reached within 24-72 hours, sustained at very uniform levels for 60 days. 

Safety Standard Natular DT was evaluated by the EPA and is the first Reduced Risk larvicide approved product. All ingredients of Natular DT are included in EPA’s List of Minimal Risk Inert Ingredients. As a matter of fact, Spinosad earned the EPA’s Green Chemistry Award in 1999. Natular DT has also been evaluated by WHOPES (World Health Organization Pesticide Evaluation Scheme) for water container treatment in dengue control programs and is approved by the Drinking Water Quality working group for potable water. 


Spinosad is derived from naturally occurring soil bacterium that balances efficacy and environmental stewardship. It is classified as Group 5 insecticide by the Insecticide Resistance Action Committee (IRAC) and it is the only active ingredient classified in Group 5 used for mosquito control. The benefit of this is that it has no cross-resistance with existing products, making it an excellent option for resistance management.

Spinosad was discovered in 1986 by a vacationing scientist from a soil sample he took in 1982. The new species of bacteria was sacchrapolyspora spinosa, which translates to spiny sugar. Later on, the bacteria was fermented in laboratory and yielded spinosyns A and D, which comprise S. spinosa. 

In 2002, Clarke acquired the public health development rights to Spinosad and developed Natular DT.  

Environmental Impact Spinosad is safe for the soil, water, and animals. In the soil, spinosad readily degrades and is non-persistent. In water systems, it degrades naturally in sunlight. In insects, it is highly-selective while in mammals, it is not readily absorbed through the skin. In terms of toxicity, mutagenicity, and genotoxicity, spinosad has relatively low risk to beneficial and non-target insects. It is not acutely toxic to terrestrial birds, wildlife, or to fish and most aquatic invertebrates. Studies also found that it does not posses mutagenic potential.


Simply place the Natular tablet in containers or places where there is stagnant water. One Natular DT tablet is effective for up to 200 liters of water and can last up to 60 days. 

I think in the ordinary household set up in the Philippines, and as an urban gardener myself, we can make use of this product if we add fountains, ponds and other water features into our garden landscapes. Water gardens can have a calming effect, but we have to manage it properly. If they don't have fishes to constantly clean it and prevent it to become a mosquito breeding ground, you may need to use Natular DT. 

Natular DT is offered in the Philippines by UPL Limited Global and UPL PhilippinesUPL is established in 1969 and is one of the largest agrochemical companies in India and 5th largest crop protection company globally. With its presence in over 138 countries, having 44 manufacturing sites, and more than 10,000