Monday, April 17, 2017


There are simply things that you cannot live without.  A can opener for example.  Can you imagine yourself ready to cook, or to whip your favorite dessert and you cannot find your can opener in your kitchen?  That would be a complete hassle.

Nowadays, canned foods come in "easy-to-open" lids. But as I checked out the canned food section of the grocery, I found out that still.... 80% still of canned food being sold are in the traditional lid packaging, especially my favorite canned fruit, evaporated and condensed milk.

And if you are like me, who has a weak grip, finding it very very hard to lift the "easy-to-open" lids... then a quality, hardworking and durable can opener is a necessity.

That is why I was so happy to have received the TUPPERWARE CAN OPENER for a product review.


Lifts lid away from the cans contents and leaves no sharp edges after opening  
Color: Black /Prairie Dimension : 19.5 cm L


Does the TUPPERWARE CAN OPENER delivered its promise?  I asked my 16 year old daughter Soleil to use it.  We read the instructions written on the manual that she easily followed:

1.  She opened the handles and placed it parallel to the can top.  Once latched properly, she closed the handle by pulling them together

2.  She then turned the knob clockwise

3.  She knew that she completed a full circle already and was excited to lift the lid open

4.  She opened the handles to release the can opener from the can and with the handles open, she placed the can opener's pin onto the can rim.  She closed the handles and lifted the lid away.

5.  She examined the rim of the opened can and was surprised to find out that there were no rough edges.  She glided her fingers onto the top of the can several times with no "ouch"!

6.  She also examined the lid, no sharp edges too.  Very very safe to use... especially for teens like her who like to experiment in the kitchen

7.  I just had to remind her, NEVER to wash the can opener with running water and soap. To clean, she just have to wipe it with dry towel.  Why?  Because surprisingly, there were no remnants of the juice from the canned fruit that we opened anywhere in the Tupperware Can Opener.  Amazing! 

It's definitely a thumbs up for the Tupperware Can Opener for my dear Soleil  :)

For more information on the TUPPERWARE CAN OPENER and other products, you can visit their website.  

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017


As a mom, I want to give the best for my family.  Last year we started growing our own vegetable garden at home.  My husband and I felt it is the better option, since growing our own food will assure us of safe and healthy ingredients for our dishes.

To date, I have kale, pepper, stevia, oregano, arugula, turmeric and basil in my garden. Plus trees like atis, lemon, guyabano and avocado.  It is indeed very rewarding when you invest time and effort in planting and then you harvest.

Another idea that my husband and I started last year was to lessen our family's pork intake. We eat more of chicken, fish and seafood.  I grew up in Malabon, so different varieties of fish and seafood were always present in my meal.  Sadly, now that I live in Quezon City, I am having a hard time finding the fish varieties that I love.  I only see bangus, tilapia (that I don't eat) and tuna in the market now.

Buttered shrimp with Baguio veggies (mushroom, potato, broccoli and cauliflower)

Mussels and clams in wine

Good thing, there is a canned mackerel brand that I can trust.  Now, when I crave for a fish meal, I can just open a can of Uni-Pak Mackerel.


Monday, April 10, 2017


In 2017, I promised myself to do things out of my comfort zone.  Thanks to blogging, I am already exposing myself to various activities that I don't normally do.  Like baking for instance.

I was so excited when I was invited to the "Basic Cake and Stable Frosting Workshop" by Chef Edward Mateo at the BREVILLE® Headquarters in Balintawak, Quezon City.  

As a wellness and health enthusiast, it is good to know that since 1932, BREVILLE® has manufactured appliances to solve our everyday kitchen dilemmas. BREVILLE® is the leading Australian kitchen brand that banks on user-friendly designs and innovations, providing us with products that not only make the process easier, but also, make food and drinks taste even better.

For the workshop, Chef Edward used two of Breville's outstanding products -- the Scraper Mixer Pro and the Smart Oven.

The innovative Scraper Beater wipes the sides and bottom of the bowl with every turn, cutting mixing time by up to 60%*. Not only does it mix ingredients better, but there's now no need to stop and scrape down the bowl with a spatula.

This is the first compact oven with Element IQ™, the technology that controls heating elements to suit whatever you are cooking. Simply select your cooking program and adjust to taste and this smart appliance will deliver the right power at just the right time to each of its 5 elements. The 22 - liter Smart Oven™ also suggests the use of convection and makes adjustments for fresh or frozen ingredients.

Friday, March 31, 2017


I have worked with Kris Aquino in 2007 till 2009.  I have had lots of funny and interesting stories writing for the morning talk show Boy and Kris.  And most of them are related to Kris' straightforward and frank comments while I briefed her, or while she was on a chit-chat mood.  Some may hate her for her comments, but I find her just being herself.  And yes... she is one "generous" host.  Literally and figuratively.  She is every writer's dream host -- walang ka proble-problema sa briefing.  She does her own research, has an impeccable vocabulary, can come up with the wittiest questions.



Eight years after... she still hasn't change.  She is still the super host that I admire.

Working on her new TV special "TRIP NI KRIS", has led me to new discoveries about Kris which I find very very cute. 

Here's the detail of my travels with her... definitely worth blogging about!


We pulled out from Manila kindda late... around 8:30am, on our way to Nueva Ecija.  It was a sleepy 3-hour drive, but because I missed traveling, I immersed myself looking at the greeneries and taking some photos from inside the van  :)

We reached Harvest Hotel at around 11:30am.  Was so hungry, but before we were able to have lunch, we did some last minute changes in the script and research.  We were scheduled to roll at around 1pm.  Balik ngarag uli  :)

After lunch, we briefed Kris in her room.  And I felt her excitement going back to what she always loved -- hosting, meeting new people, discovering new things.  I am also excited to be working again on mainstream TV  :)

that's me and Direk Ricky before our very first segment
that's my super bait headwriter, Victor :)

Wednesday, March 29, 2017


In the fast paced world that we live today, we value information that we can access with just one click.  I believe that time is precious, time is money.  If you can get valuable information without leaving the comforts of your home, why not access it. added another first in the Country’s online E-Commerce industry with the launch of its online state-of-the-art, Real Estate Brokerage arm, BigBenta Prime, last March 29, 2017 at the Ridgewood Towers in C-5 at the Bonifacio Global City.  

BigBenta Prime, the first in the Philippines made by Filipinos for the Filipinos, will facilitate the complete cycle of the buying transaction --- from viewing the property, to knowing the places of interests nearby, to inquiries, to buying the specific property – not to mention reservation, financing and payment.

In the past, traditional real estate transactions focus on just the property itself.

Now, BigBenta prime will give buyers the 360 degree view of the area, nearby establishments and places of interest (nearby schools, churches, banks, police stations etc), flood hazard mapping and competition properties to help you make that “one great informed decision”.

BigBenta CEO and Founder Charlie Fong’s inspiration are the OFW's.  BigBenta Prime was conceptualized and developed for the online community, including professionals and millenials both here and abroad, to assist them in not just making informed decisions in buying properties amidst the noise and competition in the real estate industry.

“I was an OFW myself. I want to make sure that my hard-earned money does not go to waste, especially if it means realizing a dream home for the family. Now, BigBenta can help OFW’s search, view and decide for their property investment while they’re away just by logging into the BigBenta Prime Website”, Charlie Fong emphasized.’s first of its many Real Estate Development partners, ServeQuest Group, is expecting hastened and increased sales plus a widened customer base of its properties through the new BigBenta Prime Platform.  ServeQuest Group properties include Monte Carlo Residences and Ridgewood Towers Premier.

Mr. Bobby Alvarez, Chairman of ServeQuest Group mentioned one enticing information on real estate offerings in -- the properties being built and developed are very competitive in terms of prices. For example properties in Ridgewood Towers in C-5 sells at a lower price compared to the ones inside BGC.  But hey Ridgewood Towers is located in front of McKinley Hill, a few minutes walk to SM Aura and Market Market and is 15-30 minutes away from NAIA.

For more information on their other services such as Classified Ads, Online Store and Service Booking you can visit or get social on BigBenta Facebook Page.   You can also access BigBenta Prime for your dream properties.