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




Monday, November 13, 2017

GOURMET GELATO CREATIONS ONLY AT MIO GELATI!



You know what?  I have always loved desserts.  Why?  Because even if I eat them 24/7 it doesn't show.  No weight gain hahaha!  Lucky me!!!

So I had a grand time during the opening of Mio Gelati at Vertis North last November 10. The gourmet gelato creations were not only super delish... they were also super visually appealing.  The vibrant colors, the gelato texture, the variety of toppings were all instagrammable!   As if they were saying "come and taste me, quick!"  















MIO GELATI NEW PREMIUM SHAKE CREATIONS


Ms. Celina Nolasco, owner
Hans Madlos, R&D Manager

Mr. Hans Madlos, Mio Gelati's R&D Manager -- introduced the five new shake creations you can experience in their flagship store at Vertis North.

FRUITOPIA:  Cereal milk base with fruit loops on top.  Hans revealed a secret... this is the favorite shake of Mio Gelati owner Ms. Celina Nolasco!

HAZELLATO:  Hazelnut drink with gold sprinkles and a huge Ferrero chocolate on top.

FUDGELLATO:  Classic dark chocolate goodness

UNICORNBOW:  Combination of two flavors -- strawberry and bubblegum. With candy sprinkles on top that completes the trendy unicorn look!

SALTED CARAMALLOWS:  Biscoff cookies and torched marshmallows with salted caramel gelato. 


WHAT DOES YOUR FAVORITE GELATO REVEAL ABOUT YOU?

Mrs.Wise's favorite gelato flavors are strawberry and salted caramel!  If you are ready to dig into the rich flavor and taste of Mio Gelati's new premium shakes... it might also interest you to find out -- what these gelato flavors reveal about your personality.  Watch to find out!



THE INTRIGUING SMORESICLE!

Hans also showed us how Mio Gelati's Smoresicle.  I tell you... this one is to die for!  The contrasting combination of bitter and sweet -- from the dark chocolate gelato inside and torched marshmallow outside -- is really one of a kind!



GELATO VS ICE CREAM:

You might be wondering since Gelato is the Italian word for ice cream -- is ice cream and gelato the same?  Find out more HERE.


THERE'S MORE TO COME AT MIO GELATI:

And soon, Hans said, there will be more interesting and innovative Gelato Creations at Mio Gelati.  Be updated, just visit their FB PAGE.  Visit their store at the 3rd level of Vertis North. 























 




















Saturday, November 11, 2017

GLITZ AND GLAMOUR AT FISHER DEPARTMENT STORE'S 2017 HOLIDAY FASHION SHOW



It's a month before Christmas... the ideal time to check out what's in and what's hot when it comes fashion.

In our family, I train the teens to be #MoneyWise.  We follow a tradition wherein we will shop for clothes during the Christmas season. All other shopping within the year are devoted to school clothes, and everyday essentials.  Christmas is the time to splurge some money on additional wardrobe.


MRS.WISE's TIPS ON SHOPPING:

  • Buy the classic style. It won't go out of style for a good number of years. Just sneak in a few trendy items to mix and match with the classic designs
  • Buy quality (not necessarily branded).  Always check out the seams, the fabric, how meticulously the clothes were sewn.  
  • Always check on cleaning requirements.  I will not buy anything that needs dry cleaning for it entails additional cost.
  • Since my daughter and I are of the same size now, I always choose clothes that can be worm by both the "mommy" and the "teener"   :)
  • Lastly, if you find a style that really complement your body type, buy 2 of that style. Maybe in a different color or fabric. Chances are, you will like wearing this style often. And you will not risk impulse buying on a style that doesn't even look good on you.

FISHER DEPARTMENT STORE HOLIDAY COLLECTION:

I was invited recently to Fisher Department Store's Holiday Collection Fashion Show. There I got to see the trendiest clothes for the last quarter of 2017.

See the video below and tell me... what caught your fancy.  What clothes will you consider wearing on your Christmas parties and reunions!