Wednesday, November 14, 2018


Hi there girls... this is MrsWise reporting again from the chic Althea Universe -- where you can get the most exciting Korean beauty products. An #AltheaAngel here... would like to share with you their latest product >>  the PETAL VELVET SUNAWAY!


This lightweight sunscreen promises a velvety finish to your face, with sebum control capability!  

These are its amazing features:

1.  LIGHTWEIGHT TEXTURE WITH POWERFUL UV PROTECTION OF SPF50+. It is a non chemical formula with a light fluid texture to protect the skin from both UVA and UVB   
Gentle on sensitive skin without chemical ingredients. Its main ingredient is DAMASK ROSE extracts that help moisturize and smoothen the skin. It has a natural nanomolecular composition that is rich in vitamins to penetrate deep into the skin, soothing sensitivities and strengthening it for a radiant glow

2.  VELVETY FINISH, HYDRATING FORMULA. It controls excessive sebum in the skin with a micro powder system, while hyaluronic acid ensures the skin is kept hydrated throughout the day. 

3.  ADVANCED NON CHEMICAL UV FILTER. It applies evenly and smoothly onto the skin without leaving a white cast behind. this is due to an advanced non chemical UV filter with a more transparent formula


Apply generously on skin in the morning or minutes before sun exposure. Shake the bottle well before using.


Daily use. Those looking for a long wearing strong protection sunscreen for everyday use
moisture sebum control - people who want a moisturizing sunscreen without a white cast or stickiness.  Skin type. all skin types. suitable even for those with sensitive skin.


I LOVE IT!  I used it in my recent trip to Nayomi. Applied it first before I took all the family/selfie shots. I have very oily skin, but the Petal Velvet Sunaway controlled it all.  

Also, I am dark skinned, so I am really not a big fan of "white colored" sunscreens that tend to create a not-so-flattering whitecast on my face. But the Petal Velvet Sunaway, has that transparent effect. It didn't leave a white cast behind.


So now, I am officially a fan of the Petal Velvet Sunaway. I use it everyday. When I go out for events, I apply it generously on my skin, and finish it off with my favorite Petal Velvet Powder in tan. The powder can be used to set make-up and even minimize the appearance of pores. How awesome is that!!! 

I also officially asking my teens to use the Petal Velvet Sunaway.  Its lightweight formula and its spf50+ will definitely do wonders for their skin!

So get yours now at


Monday, November 12, 2018


Mrs.Wise was just happy and grateful to have received an invite to the launch of Chris Urbano's cookbook, held at the Australian Ambassador's Residence.  

This foodie can't hide her excitement, to finally meet Chris Urbano of, because I would love to hear him speak Filipino as he shares some of his loved Pinoy dishes.  Also, I love anything and everything Australian, so meeting the Ambassador herself, Ms. Amanda Gorely, is equally exciting!  And to top it all, who wouldn't love to have a taste of Chris' recipes, right? 

No reason to miss this event!  


Chris shared some of his experiences during the launch. Specifically, his interesting stay in the Philippines. It all started in 2007, when he studied Filipino language and Philippine politics at the University of Asia and Pacific.  From then on, he has not only learned the language, but also grown to love the food.

As he said, the best way to know more about a country and learn about its people and language, is to learn more about its culinary history.  

Candidly, he also shared, that one of the best ways of learning Filipino is just to go to the local markets and engaged in a conversation with the tinderas.  

So now, he speaks the language quite fluently, know the local products and ingredients, and finding ways of cooking Pinoy dishes with a twist.

He was just so happy to compile these recipes in the his book THE WORLD OF FILIPINO COOKING:  FOOD AND FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES. 


During the book launch, Chris demonstrated how to cook....   and how to prepare the Filipino Style Fruit Punch, which is basically mixing of local fruits (orange, red apples, kalamansi).

Chris loves street food. He said, he saved a lot of money when he was still a student, eating street food. For the launch, he showed us how he likes his Streetside Calamares.

500-600 grams whole squid, cleaned and cut in 1/2 inch pieces, including tentacles
2 tablespoons calamansi juice
1 tsp salt and pepper
1 cup corn flour / starch
30 ml spiced vinegar

1.  Place the squid, calamansi juice, salt and pepper into a glass and marinate for at least 5-10 minutes
2.  In another glass, place the corn flour and dust each piece of the squid so it is well coated and feels dry to the touch
3.  In a shallow frypan, heat your oil and fry the calamares in batches. Remove as it takes on a golden color
4.  Place the cooked squid on paper towels to absorb excess oil. Serve with vinegar

Chris said, the Calamares can also be paired with white wine. Just a TIP, if you choose to eat it this way, don't dip it into vinegar. The acid in the vinegar doesn't suit well with white wine. It will taste weird.

Next, Chris showed us how he cooks the Calumpit Longganisa and Black Bean Rigatoni. 

250 grams Rigatoni Pasta
10 pieces longganisa, peeled and cut into chunks
1 medium sized white onion cut thinly
1 large red bell pepper julienne
2 cups water
olive oil
salt and pepper
1 cup black beans
fresh oregano leaves
cherry tomatoes
1 cup Pinot Noir  (optional)

1.  In a shallow frypan, pour 2 cups of water and boil the longganisa until it turns dark brown. Once cooked, remove the skin and strings and cut it into little chunks
2.  In a separate frypan, heat the oil and saute the onions and bell pepper over medium heat. Add the longganisa and the oregano and let it simmer for 5 minutes
3.  Pour in a cup of red wine to neutralize the longganisa's garlicky flavor. Add in black beans and cook for another 3 minutes. Add in the fresh oregano leaves.
4.  Follow it up with tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper
5.  Boil water on a large pot. Cook pasta accordingly. 
6,  Pour in sauce with pasta and mix well. 

I liked the blending of the of the garlicky longganisa and the Cuban Oregano. Chris is also an urban gardener like me, and the oregano, he swears, is an easy herb to maintain. I think I'm gonna try this recipe one weekend, especially that my local oregano is thriving well, and I also have local tomatoes planted in the garden  :)

Will just have to ask the hubby to buy us some red wine. 

Chris, by the way, is also a wine lover.  He is also in the business of bringing into the country some of the finest wines from different countries. 

So get to try fusion recipes... the blending of the Filipino cuisine with Australian and other international influences, do get a copy of Chris Urbano's book!


Saturday, November 3, 2018


As a family, we have always enjoyed travelling. We were very blessed with the opportunity to travel together to various Philippine destinations.  Hence, I gave our family this nickname -- #BackPackSquad!  Main goal, to travel light, to see the sights, one backpack at a time  :)

As the kids grow, they are now more focused on their life in school. And soon... in a year or two, they will be both in college. Whew!

But as a parent, our travels are deeply etched in my memory. Of how I will pack their "baby necessities" and dumping it inside our old yellow car... and sometimes travel means 10-12 hours on the road.  Or those times when we had to teach them how to pack smartly, and most importantly how to be always on schedule.

This is the most challenging part - schedule. We let them sleep early, for an early morning flight  (we always book the first flight).  That means, beating the two-hours-before-flight-we have-to-be-in-the-airport sked!  

Upon landing, we are saddled with the 45minutes to 2hours of land trip to reach our destination (so far, the most challenging is travelling to El Nido where we travelled 6 hours from Puerto Princesa to El Nido proper whew!)  This trip was also memorable, because the other family (the Bondocs) didn't make it to the flight, they were LATE, and had to purchase another set of tickets just to get to El Nido  (What a hassle!)


Because, what if I tell you, that there is a better alternative to reaching your vacation destination without too much hassles.

Eliminate the following:
  • you don't need to be where the plane is, 2 hours before the flight
  • you don't need to queue for your bags to be checked in
  • no more long bumpy road travel to get to your beach destination
How?  With AirTrav Philippines.


We've always wanted to go to Puerto Galera. In fact, I have already researched how to get there. Our option: is to ride the bus going to Batangas Pier (roughly 2 hours depending on traffic), then ride the ferry/fastcat to Galera (1-1.5hours). So on the average, it will take 4 hours to get to Mindoro.

But we reached Puerto Galera in 45minutes. Yes, you have read it right. Just 45 minutes via AirTrav Ph.

We left the house in Quezon City at around 6am, reaching Realship Yachts at Manila Bay CCP Complex (where AirTravPh's Seaplane will take off) at exactly 7:10.  We had lots of time to spare before the Seaplane arrived. Five minutes before take off, AirTravPh's co-pilot weighed in our bags. We were asked to sign a paper, showed them our ID's -- and just like that, everything was ready for the flight.  It was FAST and CONVENIENT.

Before boarding the seaplane, our pilot, Captain Joshua explained some safety measures we have to remember during the flight. We felt extra special on that day -- why? Because me and my hubby -- we had the plane all to ourselves. OMG!  It felt like we were being chartered on our own private plane, with a very nice pilot, to a dream beach destination. Which was pretty AWESOME!

AirTrav's can accommodate up to 8 passengers per flight, and every one has a window-aisle seat. Everyone can enjoy the view. 

Sunday, October 28, 2018


Its very hard to build one's wardrobe. Especially for someone like me, who comes from an industry that most of the time only requires casual work clothes. I am a TV-Events writer for 20+ years.  When I attend tapings, shoots, production meetings, you can always see me in denims and shirt. In my line of work, the most important thing, is to finish the work and beat deadlines

So when I dress for work -- I try to wear the most comfortable clothes that will enable me to adjust to sudden work changes, sometimes 24-48 hours of straight shoot... or be ready to travel to different locations to finish a task.  Life in TV production is always a fierce battle! So my fashion choices --- clothes that are always ready for some action!  Funny though... I always end up wearing black, the standard color of clothes in TV Production!


I have been blogging full time since 2016. And every single day, when I attend events, I realize that clothes matter.  The way I look, say a lot about my "brand".  And yes, as a blogger, I am my own brand.  My chosen style reflects my mood and over-all well being. Hey... I want to exude my happy mommy blogger persona!  Life is short... we should always feel happy and promote positive, good vibes!  And I would like to believe that clothes don't only affect what others think of us... it definitely affect what we think of ourselves.


What I consider TIMELESS LOOKS consist of clothes that are not dictated by trends. They are comfortable to wear and flatter my body type. Simple yet stylish. In this time of inflation and hard times, a WISE mom like me, will not devote a large part of her budget to clothes. It is wise to invest on some key pieces, know how to mix and match, and with the right wardrobe care, make clothes last for a longer period of time. 

Take a look at this LBD. There is an interesting story about this dress. I had this in my closet for... believe it or not... for 25 years!  I remember buying this LBD in Greenhills using my very first paycheck. I don’t remember how much, but I distinctly remember all the memorable occasions I have worn this LBD. When I hosted a high school friend’s wedding, that last party of "Oh No It's Johnny" that started everything between me and my hubby, when I went to Sydney in 2008, and many other happy occasions. 

This LBD is definitely timeless piece for me... and what I usually do to update its look, just add up on a few more pieces, depending on the occasion. Or mix and match it with a few accessories. And voila!  It goes a long way!  When it comes to clothes #MayForever – if you know how to take care of it!

These are my basic and very PINOY guidelines in reminding myself to aim to always aim to look good simplify my approach to fashion and dress to convey what I want to say about myself and where I am in life. 


T rends fade, only style is timeless.  Focus on a personal style that you know works for you, your activities and your body type. Don’t be a fashion victim.  What works for me, usually are the “boyish” looks because of my built.

I nvest in classic pieces and accessories that can be mixed and matched with each other in interesting ways is key to achieving timeless style. It doesn’t have to be expensive, as long as it has good quality. Classics for me include the basic tee, button down shirts, denim jeans, neutral colored blazers and timeless flats 

M – inimalism works. You don’t have to collect a large number of clothes that will only gather dust in your closet.  Aim for quality over quantity.

E - asy on the accessories. Wearing too many accessories all at the same time can ruin a look. A smart dresser would stick to a few select chic options that will enhance their outfits.

L ittle black / white dress will go a long way. Based on my experience, my LBD lasted for 25 years and still counting. 

E mbrace your uniqueness. Every person is unique when it comes to body type and style. Hey, love your body... dress your age. Accept your flaws. Highlight your strengths. I easily get insecure with my being thin, though a lot of mommy friend say they envy the fact that I eat a lot but do not gain weight. So come on let’s flaunt it and be happy with being thin!      

S tyle according to occasion. Also, do consider weather conditions. Unless you want to end up in your leather jackets in an outdoor event.

S – tick to a style that is simple and comfortable – that you can wear and give you that extra boost of confidence.

S  how off and be proud of your culture. There is a certain timeless appeal in wearing Filipiniana inspired clothes.  

T - ailored fit is flattering!   Oversize style doesn’t sit well for my built. Invest in having an expert custom fit whatever you buy to avoid that sloppy look. 

Y- es to a polished look. Never step out of the house with wrinkled clothes on. Sloppy clothing sends the message that you don't really care, about your appearance, your job, your future. It simply doesn't give that timeless appeal.

L – evel up the look with the right hairstyle, a touch of make-up, Such finishing touches become a habit that you will often forget about but leave a lasting impression. And the most important element of any timeless look – flash that smile that sends out positive vibe to the world.  

E - lectrolux FashionCare.  Clothes will only be TIMELESS if you take care of it. Electrolux Washing Machine helps you in this aspect, so your timeless pieces “look newer for longer”.  


E – nergy efficient.  As an advocate of green and sustainable living, I rave about Electrolux EcoInverter for it reduces energy consumption by 75% while guaranteeing long lasting performance and silent operation.

L – oad sensor feature displays the laundry weight and the recommended detergent of every wash, thus ensuring you get the most out of each load with optimal time, water and energy efficiency. Your clothes are preserved longer without overwashing.

E – liminate allergens up to 99.9% with its Vapour Care feature.  As a self-confessed asthmatic (and sadly it runs in the family), this feature may greatly improve my family’s health.

– are for wool is guaranteed with the Woolmark Apparel Care. This preserves your machine-washable woollens with minimum felting and optimum cleansing efficiency so they look and feel new for longer.

T imeless means time less spent in doing the laundry. The Time Manager feature has up to 2 selectable time options that let you decrease or increase the washing program duration based on how dirty your clothes are. 

R – educe the need for ironing .  Without the heat of regular ironing, your clothes keep their shape and texture for longer. 

O - dor removal is guaranteed by Vapour Refresh as it quickly freshens and gently revives your garments without detergent.

L – oading and unloading made easy with the Electrolux Front Load Washing Machine. It has an extra large opening, making loading and unloading your laundry a whole lot easier. Including bulky items such as blankets and comforters.

U – Ultramix System that keeps clothes looking new and vibrant for longer. This system premixes and full dissolves detergent to deliver deeper clean in cold wash and better color care with 31% less color fading after 52 washes.

eX cellent Fashion Care. Need I say more?

Since the Holidays are approaching... and maybe the husbands out there are looking for the perfect gifts for their wives!  Give them the washing machine that will take extra care   of your clothes -- the gift of #ElectroluxFashionCare. For amazing HOLIDEALS check this out >>