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Tuesday, December 31, 2013





Sunday, December 29, 2013

THE WINE BAR 1771: Beautiful Sunset Wedding & Reception Setup

THE WINE BAR 1771: Beautiful Sunset Wedding & Reception Setup
My brother and I were invited to witness the set up of The Wine Bar 1771 for a real wedding and reception yesterday. 
The two-in-one wedding and reception table setup was so lovely. The charming rustic feel makes you want to daydream and plan for your own wedding. I love how the natural sunlight illuminates through the French windows. 
The Wine Bar wedding reception table setup has that rustic, cozy and intimate feel. 
There are beautiful flowers on each table along with large rose cactus on wooden vase. The eco-friendly recycled wine bottles used as flower vases are so cute. Each table has a different wooden number that matches the guests seating assignment. I could spend hours swooning over the breathtaking floral arrangement. The venue's setup also includes fine china, elegant silverware, stem glassware and beautiful centerpieces all set in each table.
The table napkins on each table have individual cupcake souvenirs which add to the picturesque feel of the reception.
The rustic style of this reception is perfect for the sunset wedding.
I so love weddings! Weddings make my heart sing with joy. 
The Rustic Autumn Wedding Cake has multi colored leaves design. The wedding cake is very romantic and cheerful. Simple yet elegant. Those tiny autumn leaves radiates happiness and satisfaction on a lazy afternoon.
The large wedding scroll is so unique. Lovingly done by the stylist of The Wine Bar 1771. The old typewriter, hardbound books and colored bottles add to the rustic feel of the wedding set up. The Wine Bar 1771 is indeed the perfect venue for any occasion!

Your wedding day is one of the most exciting days of your life so you must only have the best. If you want a beautiful celebration that will make your dream wedding come true, consider the elegant reception hall of The Wine Bar 1771. It has various distinctive menu at affordable prices to suite your budget. It accepts wedding reception setup for a minimum of 40 people to 60 people. 

The Wine Bar 1771
2F Cafe 1771, El Pueblo Real de Manila, 

cor. J. Vargas & ADB. Ave, Ortigas Center, Pasig City

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

PLACE TO BE: Disney On Ice Treasure Trove

PLACE TO BE: Disney On Ice Treasure Trove 

It's the most wonderful time of the year. My brother and I celebrated Christmas at The Araneta Center! We watched Disney on Ice : Treasure Trove ! Weeeee! I love it! It's my first time ever to set foot inside the Araneta Center Dome! It was a spectacular show on ice! I wish I could watch another set of show before they left! Hays! Just saying out loud my #christmas #wish

A blessed Christmas to everyone! 




It is the time of the year again when kids and kids-at-heart can visit wonderful pasyalan (places to go to) again in the Metro because it's vacation time. When was the last time you bonded with your kid? or with your siblings and parents?

On top of my lists are the following:
  1. Circus Vargas- located at SMX in Pasay City just across SM MOA. A must see US based Circus. I can personally vouch that you and your kids will enjoy this show!
  2. Disney on Ice- located at Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City.
  3. Ayala Triangle Light Show- Free
  4. Greenhills Shopping Center. The Rosario Animated Display- Free
  5. Fort Santiago- Visit this heritage site for only Php70 only per person and retraced the steps of our National Hero- Jose Rizal and have fun taking photos at the Fort's garden. There are statues, murals and lifesize cardboard standees wearing Filipino costumes.
Happy Holidays! Don't forget to give thanks to God for all the blessings you received.


Friday, December 20, 2013

WIN CIRCUS VARGAS: Tickets Giveaway

CIRCUS VARGAS: Tickets Giveaway

Attention: Mommy, Daddy, Grandma, Grandpa, Uncle, Auntie, Ate, Kuya, Baby, Yaya

Circus Vargas' Magikaria Turns up the Action this holiday season! America's top performing circus is in the Philippines to give the Filipino People an exciting holiday treat!

Circus Vargas' Magikaria is where mind-blowing illusions meet adrenaline-pumping stunts for a breathtaking spectacle that will have you on the edge of your seat. Combining the visual splendor of a magic show with the high-flying daredevilry of the big top, Magikaria is the culmination of imagination, danger and mystery. Witness the eye-popping illusions and marvel at the death-defying acrobatics and much more. 

Circus Vargas brings to the country its most exciting production:
  • Gravity-defying flights
  • flashy costumes
  • fun dance routines
  • and other deliriously delightful antics
  • “MagiKaria, A Fantastical Magical Experience.” 
Meet Matti The Clown of Circus Vargas 'Magikaria' and Jon Weiss, who hosts Circus Vargas and also does balancing antics.

Circus Vargas promises to bring back the old school circus entertainment with modern twists. There’s the fluidity of the aerial ballet that uses streams of chiffon material hanging from the ceiling. There’s also Zorro Low Wire who leaps and flips over various obstacles in his way, and other acrobats doing some fun trampoline-style tricks.

“MagiKaria, A Fantastical Magical Experience” is slated from Dec. 25 to Jan. 1, 2014 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City from Dec. 25 to Jan. 1, 2014.

Tickets are available at SM Tickets, SM Cinema, and Snack Time outlets. For information, call 519-8984, e-mail or visit

Entrance to the CIRCUS VARGAS event at SMX CONVENTION CENTER for a silver ticket is Php 590, but Travel on a Shoestring is hooking Five (5) people with Two (2) free tickets each . Simply join the giveaway below, which will run from December 20 to 30, 2013. Please join if you will be able to attend on January 1, 2014 at 1 o'clock in the afternoon only, so we won't waste the slot.
  • Winners will be announced on December 30, 2013 here.
  • Prizes are as follows:
               *5 winners of 2 ticket each for FREE entrance to Circus Vargas. 


  • Open to all but you will need to pay for your own transportation and incidental expenses in claiming the tickets and going to the event. 
  • Only 18 years old and above are allowed entry to the contest. If you win two tickets you can plus one your child. 
  • It is mandatory to do each of the assigned task on the rafflecopter. Absence of one task will disqualify your entry. 
  • Please don't forget to Comment your name, e-mail address and post the url of your tweet, url of Facebook share. ( FB share and Tweet must be set to public, so I could check it.) 
  • Don't comment as anonymous please. Entries using anonymous identity will not be honored. 
  • Complimentary Pass will be forfeited if not claim on the designated time and date. 
  • If after the contest you unfollow or reverse whatever actions that was required. You will not be allowed to join future contests anymore.
Simply wait for the Rafflecopter to load and follow the instructions:-)
Have a Merry Christmas! God bless you!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

GIRL,BOY,BAKLA,TOMBOY: Vice Ganda's Toughest Role to Date

GIRL,BOY,BAKLA,TOMBOY:  Vice Ganda's Toughest Role to Date

Vice Ganda plays each of the quadruplets, a girl, boy, bakla, tomboy. Directed by Wenn Deramas. This is Star Cinema's official entry to the MMFF 2013. Showing starting December 25.

Direk Wenn shared that they started filming last July and are still doing the finishing edits up until now. He shared that this is the most difficult film he ever directed. 

Among the four characters he portrayed Vice Ganda had difficulty portraying the role of a lesbian. The easiest role for him is of course being a gay.  Yes, it is a fact so that role was easy. It is open secret that Vice Ganda loves to be a woman so it is given that he can portray the girl role with so much conviction. 

According to Direk Wenn, Vice Ganda deserves an acting award for this film.

If you want to laugh, watch this movie.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

MY LITTLE BOSSING: Vic Sotto, Ryzza Mae and Bimby

 MY LITTLE BOSSING: Vic Sotto, Ryzza Mae and Bimby

PAGPAG: Stars Katniel

PAGPAG: Stars Katniel
Teen sensations Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo star in Pagpag, said to be the horror movie of the season.
Filipinos are known for their traditions and beliefs of the unknown. We all grew up with a hint of every belief there is. Pagpag: Siyam na Buhay (referred as Pagpag) is a Filipino horror and suspense flick starring young box office stars Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla together with Shaina Magdayao and Paulo Avelino. The film is a co-production of Star Cinema and Regal Films. It is one of the official entries for the 2013 Metro Manila Film Festival.  The film was directed by Frasco Mortiz, and it will be released on Christmas Day.

Filipino has this superstitious belief that one should never go home directly after visiting a wake since it risks bringing evil spirits to one's home. One should first shake off (in Filipino, pagpag) whatever curse there may be to avoid being trailed by the soul of the dead. That's the reason why we usually eat at Jollibee after visiting a wake or drop by SM Malls or a church.
In the movie, Daniel Padilla plays Cedric, a spoiled brat teenager, who with his friends visits a wake and each of them unwittingly breaks one superstitious belief after the other including the dreaded "pagpag" as each of them went directly home after the wake. Unbeknownst to Cedric and his friends, they brought home a malevolent and vengeful spirit. Cedric was forced to team up with Leni (Kathryn Bernardo) in the hope of containing and abating the wrath of the vengeful spirit and eventually vanquishing it in the process. But as they struggle to succeed, more mishaps occur and they run out of options in saving their family and friends.

Sino yan kasama mo?

MISS INTERNATIONAL 2013: Miss Philippines

MISS INTERNATIONAL 2013: Miss Philippines
 Congratulations to Miss Philippines Bea Rose Santiago! We are so proud of you! 
Miss Bea Rose Santiago has beauty, brains, wit and elegant composure, grace, poise, eloquence and vibrant personality. 
Our #Uragon #Kababayan bagged the title when she was asked this question: What will you do if you win Miss International 2013? Watch the video below and feel her heartfelt answer!

Photo Credits: Bea Rose Santiago's FB Account an Miss International FB

Monday, December 16, 2013

COFFEE FARMING: Through the eyes of a city dweller

COFFEE FARMING: Through the eyes of a city dweller

For one who made Metro Manila his or her home for a long time, the mention of the word "farming" or "coffee farming" brings to mind the need of being under the scorching heat of the sun and, during rainy season, wading through muddy fields.

That should not always be the case.

There is more to coffee farming than meets the eye based on our recent trip this year to the Nestle Experimental and Demo Farm (NEDF) in Tagum, Davao Del Norte.  
It is so awe inspiring that I wish someday I will be able to have my own coffee farm.

After that experience, how I view coffee - and coffee farming - will never be the same again.

Fun Facts about Coffee
  • Coffee is big business — it's one of the most heavily traded commodities in the world.
  • Did you know that coffee has no calories? It is naturally a no calorie drink.
  • 400 billion cups of coffee are consumed worldwide, making it the most popular beverage.
  • 91% of coffee consumed is taken at breakfast. 
  • 79% of coffee consumed is served from the homes of coffee drinkers.
  • The second place where coffee is most consumed is in the workplace.
  • A coffee drinker averages 2-3 cups of coffee a day.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Live Well Love Well

Live Well Love Well

Procter &Gamble Philippines partnered with Robinson's Supermarket and launched the very first ever P&G and Robinsons Supermarket's First Annual Live Well Love Well Mom-Me-Time Event. The event was hosted by the charming Dimples Romana. The other celebrity moms who graced the event are the following ( in no particular order): 
  • Camille Prats-Linsangan
  • Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan 
  • Abbygale Arenas-de Leon
Being a mom, you should also celebrate the goodness and value of healthy living through the Live Well Love Well campaign.
The Robinsons Supermarket Wellness Mania Campaign has five booths: 

  1. Hair Makeover Booth 
  2. Make-Up Booth
  3. Facial Massage Booth
  4. Hand Massage Booth
  5. Delicious and Nutritious Salad Bar
Experts are on hand in each  booth to provide shoppers with tips and advice on how to start living a healthy, happy lifestyle. 

The shoppers were given free hair makeovers and make-up sessions in one of the booths. Another booth gives free facial and another booth gave free hand spa massage.The Delicious and Nutritious booth features a salad bar and ready to eat healthy food. 
Ten (10) lucky shoppers won a bagful of special items from P&G. Plus, one (1) lucky mom won the latest iPhone 5c smartphone. Congrats!

Saturday, December 14, 2013


Earlier today, we were invited to cover the last day of the two-day bazaar held at Treston International College entitled A Christmas to Remember: Christmas Bazaar for a Cause. The bazaar was held yesterday and today (December 13 and 14, 2013) at the Ground Floor of the school premises.

The two-day bazaar highlighted, among others, the entrepreneurial spirit of Treston International College students. The bazaar was participated in by the different school organizations. There were cooking demo/workshops and a photo booth.

The proceeds from the school org’s bazaar will go to Treston’s outreach programs for the Typhoon Yolanda victims.

Treston gave their donations to the Philippine Red Cross. The
 active participation of the students made their event a fun and meaningful one.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013



In the past, my brother and I usually celebrate New Year's Eve in Thailand because it is generally peaceful there during that time of the year. Also, almost everything is dirt cheap, from hotels, inns, food and pasalubong shopping. Yes, shirts, blouses, pants, bags and shoes are priced less than those in the Philippines. For us, however, Thailand is not only a shopping haven but also a place to immerse ourselves on the history and culture of the Thai people .

For such immersion, one of our favorite destinations in Thailand is its ancient city of Ayutthaya, which lies about 90 kilometers north of Bangkok and boasts of numerous historic ruins. 

The cheapest and most scenic way to reach the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ayutthaya, Thailand from Bangkok is by train. The train regularly departs from Bangkok's Hua Lumpong Train Station and makes a stop at Ayutthaya Train Station before proceeding to its destination. 
Ayutthaya train station in Thailand
The trip usually takes about 1.5 to 2.5 hours depending on the type of train service. Second-class seats (A/C) cost 245 baht, third-class is just 15 baht (!) (there are no reservations and seats are not guaranteed). Trains from Bangkok to Ayutthaya leave from Hua Lumpong station every hour from 4:20 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Check timetable first. (Please note that fares listed on the Thai railways site are out of date and incorrect).

At the entrance of Hua Lumpong station, go past anyone who offers to help you and  go to the ticket counter. Many of these very friendly people are up to something. Yes, even those who are at the tourist information counter near the entrance of the train station. They will try to offer you the services of the travel agencies at the second level of the station. If you ask for a copy of the map of Ayutthaya, those at the tourist information counter may tell you that they ran out of maps and will offer to accompany you to the travel agencies at the second level to ask for maps. Once you get inside the office of one of the travel agencies there, the staff will persuade you to avail of their services and to take other modes of transport. You can always refuse and get copy of the maps just the same. Note that you may also ask for copies of the map of Ayutthaya at the Ayutthaya train station

So, beware of persons identifying themselves as persons working for the railway station. They, more often than not, mislead and persuade you to use other means of transport. They may also give false information. We had a first hand experience of this scheme when we asked if the train for Ayutthaya has left already. The one we asked was offering to help us get a cab instead. It turned out that the train was still at the station.  

Although in the past, railway employees preferred not to sell 3rd-class tickets to foreigners, the employees, as of 2011, were explicitly offering 3rd-class seats to foreign tourists as a standard option. Also note that some train stations (for instance, Bang Khen) do not appear on the sites map, and that tickets may even be cheaper than those published in the internet. If you have local friends, they may have some good advice on how you can get cheap train tickets.

The railway station at Ayutthaya is across the river from the historic city proper. You can take a short ferry ride across this river. From the railway station, you walk across the main road and down the small street towards the river. Ferry boats across the river run every few minutes and cost 4 baht. This is much cheaper than taking a cab or tuktuk that passes over a bridge towards the city proper.

At the other side of the river, you can walk, rent a motorcycle or a bicycle to go around the historic sites. 

Enjoy Ayutthaya!

Monday, December 9, 2013

FOG CITY CREAMERY and EMPERADOR DELUXE: Fruit and Nuts De Luxe ice cream

FOG CITY CREAMERY and EMPERADOR DELUXE: Fruit and Nuts De Luxe ice cream
FOG CITY CREAMERY and EMPERADOR DELUXE - Fruit and Nuts De Luxe ice cream
Fruit and Nuts De Luxe ice cream
Imagine yourself eating a luxurious decadent brandy ice cream with apricots, pistachios and almonds in the comforts of your home. Impossible? Of course not! Fog City Creamery's take on a deconstructed fruit cake is so perfect for the holidays!
Miss Edylyn Gamboa-Liu  (Fog City Creamery owner) and Mr. Carlos Vergara
Miss Edylyn Gamboa-Liu  (Fog City Creamery owner) and Mr. Carlos Vergara  (Managing Director for International Spirits of Emperador Distillers, Inc.)
Emperador Distillers, Inc. collaborated with Fog City Creamery to create a delightful flavor highlighting Emperador Deluxe Brandy specifically made for the holidays. We are so pleased to have been given a chance to taste the high quality artisan ice cream Fruit and Nuts DeluxeEvery scoop of Fruit and Nuts De Luxe ice cream oozes with dried apricots, pistachios (my favorite nuts), almonds and Emperador Deluxe flavor.
The new holiday flavor: Fruit and Nuts De Luxe ice cream is a runaway winner this holiday season. I so love it! All I can think about is my return trip to their pick-up points so I can buy more ice cream to share with my family and friends. 

You ought to try this new flavor guys! Fog City’s delicious all natural ice cream only uses the best quality ingredients from around the world. Their ice cream contains absolutely no preservatives or artificial stabilizers. Their commitment to freshness and quality means that you are always assured of good quality ice cream with only the freshest ingredients that are free of chemicals. It has organic ingredients that are good for our body.

You could order Fruit and Nuts De Luxe ice cream at Focaccia Restaurant located at the ground floor of A. Venue Mall in Makati with telephone number (+632) 729-9403 or cellphone number 0917-883-3344 or e-mail them at 

You could also check them at Fog City
or you could also schedule to pick it up in Valle Verde 5, Pasig City.

Focacia Restaurant wall decor
Focacia Restaurant's wall decor.

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

CHEER UP: What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger

CHEER UP: What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger
Happy Morning! Smile! When you're feeling blue and when it seems the whole world is against you, fear not! Because when God is with you, who will go against you? Straighten your shoulders. Then breath in and breath out. Smile! Cheer up!

Be happy! God has given you another day to smile and be well! Cheer up! Shake away all your frustrations, anger and fears.

Today is a brand new day! Another day, another hour, another minute, another chance to be good. Don't waste your chance! Do good and be good.



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