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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

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.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

MISS EARTH 2013: Miss Venezuela

MISS EARTH 2013: Miss Venezuela

Congratulations to Miss Venezuela Alyz Henrich! Miss Earth 2013.

Photography by Jory Rivera



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