Thursday, November 23, 2017

5 REASONS TO EXPERIENCE HORTIKULTURA 2018




Last February, I was at the Hortikultura 2017...

And I was so fascinated with what I saw  :)   Plants, fruits bearing trees, pots and many more!









GOT 2 SACKS OF ORGANIC FERTILIZER FOR FREE :)

What I didn't know, I only got to explore two areas of Hortikultura 2017.  Sayang talaga...
For all gardening enthusiasts and urban gardeners like me... read on to find out more what to expect for the upcoming Hortikultura 2018 on February, so you will fully maximize your Hortikultura experience!



WHAT IS PHSI?


Philippine Horticultural Society, Inc. is a non-stock, non-profit organization of plant lovers interested in spreading their passion and enthusiasm for plants.  It endeavors to be the lead organization in the science and art of growing plants be it for food medicines or aesthetic gratification, in the Philippines.  Through the years, PHSI managed to bring organizations and people together to educate and collaborate on horticultural techniques and practices including traditional farming.

Hmm.... I should apply as a member in PHSI!  I just love urban gardening and sustainable living!

5 EXCITING REASONS TO EXPERIENCE HORTIKULTURA 2018:

WHAT A BEAUTY!  EDIBLE LANDSCAPING
(Photo credit: 
http://frichettewinery.com/)
1.   On top on my list -- is to learn more about EDIBLE FOOD LANDSCAPE.  The idea of growing my own food in my little garden excites me -- but when you arrange this edible wonders --herbs, veggies and fruits into a creative landscape - oh well, that for me is pure bliss!!!  I call it #GardeningBucketList    :)


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

MY TOP PICKS AT THE KABUHAYAN NATIONAL LIVELIHOOD AND TRAVEL FAIR



MrsWise was supposed to visit the Home World sale at SM Megamall... but I saw this interesting and colorful exhibit before I reached my destination  :)

The annual Kabuhayan National Livelihood & Travel Fair is organized by the Congressional Spouses Foundation, Inc.  It features the best products products from across the country.

And here are some that caught MrsWise's fancy:


DARANGEN DOLLS OF MINDANAO


Fashion dolls clad in a traditional Maranao outfit created by Dr. Sainuddin Malawani Moti. Inspired from his colorful roots of origin, a family of Maranao artists. The traditional outfit is described by a malong (a oversized colorful garment in tabular form, a bejeweled long sleeved blouse and a pinalot (hairstyle).  The covering of the hair by a combong add more to the elegance, respect and fabulous culture attire of the Maranaos in the society.




QUEZON PROVINCE:  FLAVORED LAMBANOG and CHITON FTW!




Chiton Chicharon are made from dried Chiton, commonly known as Kibet in Quezon, found in sea rocks. The makers say it is a healthy alternative to pork chicharon because Kibet is a good source of calcium, protein vitamin A and B3 and iron.




SURIGAO DEL SUR'S VINEGAR



NUEVA VIZCAYA'S WOOD PRODUCTS CAN FIT IN MODERN AND TRADITIONAL HOMES







FELL IN LOVE WITH THE COLOR AND PRINTS OF MINDANAO




PINANGAT NA LAING FROM SAMAR


THE NICE SAMARENO WHO TOLD ME I CAN SURVIVE THE PINANGAT'S
SPICY TASTE. HE WAS RIGHT!
PINANGAT NA LAING INGREDIENTS (GATA NOT IN PHOTO)
FROZEN PINANGAT NA LAING. STEAM TO ENJOY



VITRUM UPCYCLED BOTTLES AND CRAFTS


The fair's Pinapangarap Award for Best New product. Loved the fact that the artist is recycling materials.  Really innovative!





Promise to be back next year to see more wonderful Philippine made products.  Let us support the creativity and ingenuity of the Filipino craftsmen  :)






Sunday, November 19, 2017

MRS.WISE CELEBRATES #NationalThankYouDay!



With my birthday month fast approaching, I realized that I have so many things to be thankful for.  I may not get every single thing that I aim for... but my buddy up there has showered me with so many wonderful blessings.

One of them... friends that I have made through the years.

Working in TV production, I have met a lot of people. Everyone of them has left me with valuable lessons in life.  

JLB is one of them.  I call her that - Ms. JLB.  



I met Jackie way back in 1999.  I was the writer of the show "Baby's World."  I can still remember how I struggled to write about parenting and motherhood when I was still single that time.  Whatever I wrote, I got it from research.  But Jackie was already a hands on mom at that time.  I remembered her bringing her third child, Arabella to tapings because she was a breastfeeding mom.  I told myself, when I become a mom, I wanted to be like her... hands-on and completely immersed at motherhood.

She brought experience to the show. Sharing lessons for our mommy viewers.

Along the way -- we developed a special relationship, and she taught me lessons along the way.  I still remember what she told me about my husband, when I told her that my dislike him so much.  Ay naku Tina, ayan na yun!  Kasi nararamdaman ng mom mo na siya na ang magiging asawa mo, kaya may galit!  Oh well, 17 years later -- kami pa rin naman, so I guess Jackie was right  :)

When I told her that I was pregnant, she was so happy she gave me several maternity stuffs.  Including beauty products to combat stretch marks hahaha!  But most specially, she agreed to be my daughter's ninang.





But because we ended up in rival networks, we didn't get to see each other that often. Thankfully, last November 11, we reconnected.  I didn't know that she will be the host of the Mcdonald's and SM team up for #NationalThankYouDay.  I was just happy to see her  :)


Friday, November 17, 2017

INDULGE YOURSEVES WITH GELARE AIRLESS ICE CREAM



In 2008, I had a grand time when I visited Australia. 




Aside from sight seeing, nature tripping, shopping, visiting Ikea -- I had a gustatory trip! Take a look at what I ate -- yes, I enjoyed the kangaroo meat hahaha!





ENJOYING AUSTRALIAN DESSERT ONCE MORE!

For now, my next Sydney trip is still on the planning stage.  But it doesn't mean I can't enjoy what this land down under can offer as far as food and drinks are concerned.  Glad to have been invited to Australia's most loved dessert cafe -- GELARE!  


REASONS FOR TREATING YOURSELVES TO GELARE! 

G - ourmet desserts all the way from Australia.  Gelare first opened to the public in 1986 in Fremantle, Western Australia and became famous for its ice cream. Now running for 30 years... it has continued to capture the Australian's penchant for gourmet desserts!  


The owners adored Gelare so much that they had to close the deal with owner Farid Torabi. They also trained in Perth, Australia to operate the all-day breakfast and dessert cafe. Aside from Perth, you can find Gelare in Brisbane, Australia.




E - xciting 24 staple ice cream flavors to choose from.  That's a lot of flavors for all you ice cream lovers!  The first flavor that I tried was Cappuccino. If you are a coffee lover like me, you will love its creamy subtle coffee taste.  Was also a bit adventurous that day, that I also tried, Rum Raisin. Whoa!  The taste of the rum, lingered in my mouth that when it blended with the sweet taste of raisin, it was pure heaven!  Last flavor I sampled, was Strawberry.  I must say, the fruit-based ice creams tasted exactly like the fruit!  


They also have 5 flavors of Vegan and Halal certified ice cream -- Banana Swirl, Lychee Lane Sorbet, Mango Passion Sorbet, Lemon Lime Sorbet and Matcha Green Tea. 

Gelare really take their ice cream seriously, using only the best and freshest ingredients!


RUM RAISIN FTW!
L - ight breakfast menus.  Great thing about Gelare, they also serve all-day breakfast treats!  So when hunger calls, Gelare has the answer!

SLICED BEEF AND GRAVY
EGGS BEN

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

THE BACKPACK SQUAD's FEEL CAMIGUIN (DAY 2)




WHITE ISLAND

On our second day of Camiguin Exploration, we headed off to White Island very early in the morning.  This is a bare island, no trees or any makeshift rest area, so it is ideal to visit very early in the morning or late in the afternoon.


CLOUDY SKIES ON WHITE ISLAND

MT. HIBOK-HIBOK ON THE BACKGROUND

White Island sandbar is always included in every traveler’s bucket list of Camiguin because of the serenity and calmness the island offers.  The white powdery sand can rival that of Boracay. And while you’re in the island, have a taste of uni or sea urchin that the locals sell.

VIEW OF THE SANDBAR