Friday, April 28, 2017


Motherhood is never easy.  It is a 24-7 job.  And for someone who works as a freelancer, with an erratic schedule, time allocation for family, work, leisure and important errands is difficult to manage.

Thanks to digital technology.  It somehow eases the burden of physically going to a place to accomplish things.  

I can imagine myself, shopping for clothes and shoes for my teens... ordering food for an impromptu dinner with friends...  or booking for a hotel for our next family adventure.  The possibilities are endless with SHOPBACK!

ShopbBack helps you get the best deals and discounts on 300+ stores, plus CASHBACK.  CashBack is really just “getting cash back”.  When you buy something online through ShopBack, they give you a portion of what you purchased back as CashBack.  This means extra, unlimited savings whenever you shop online

Here is a video tutorial for" that will let you shop at a very convenient way

Wednesday, April 26, 2017




I have naturally straight hair.  Which is both a blessing and a curse.  A blessing because I don't have to spend a lot of money on hair straightening, I don't need a hair straightening flat iron.  My hairstyle is simply "wash and wear".  And my hairstyle has stayed with me through the years.  Bob cut of various lengths.  Which brings me to why it is a "curse" -- straight hair is also boring, when you don't have a stylist to work his magic on it.  It can also become dull and limp when not treated once in a while.

So this is basically the state of my tresses when I got invited to T & J Salon Professionals for a blog con.  

And I was so excited to learn more about the salon and at the same time ask the professionals what to do with my... uhm... boring hair!


T & J Salon Professionals is the community brand of Tony and Jackey.  Compared to its sister salons, Tony and Jackey and Bangs Prime Salon, T & J Salon Professionals aims to cater to Filipino customers who may get a bit intimidated with the 100% Korean stylists of its sister salons.  In T & J, the stylists are Filipinos, who were trained by the expert Korean teachers in Bangs Beauty Academy.  Also, compared to its sister salons, T & J prices are more affordable.  

(L-R)   Mr. Benjamin Domingo, Executive Secretary of the President, Business Head,
Senior Manager;  
Mr. jackey Shin, Academy Director;  Mr. Sky Park, President; Mr. Seven Lee, T & J Salon Operations Manager

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

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.