April 7, 2013 - 7:22 am
Once upon a time, ages ago…I set foot in a jungle called U.P. Diliman as a Fine Arts freshman, naturally, I was somewhat clueless on the first day of school. One of the first friends I made on that day in 1999 in search of blockmates was Mark Nicdao. We trekked on foot to find and join up with blockmates (and find food lol). It felt like the WWII D-day drop in Diliman after the welcome blast, “paratroopers” aka students were broken up from different blocks trying to find each other. I also happened to have a cousin named KC who was being labeled the industry’s freshest IT girl a year or so into my college stay.
Mark decided to leave college after 2nd year and found himself apprenticing for photography then discovering that this was his true calling making him the best and most in-demand portrait and commercial style photographer in the country today. He mentioned here and there to me that he sooo wanted to meet KC. Although their encounter did not singlehandedly happen ‘coz of me the rest is art history. It’s KC’s birthday today so Mark and I last night already wished her all the best. He had come over to bring her a birthday gift.
At a lovely and delicious impromptu dinner at Chef Jessie’s in Rockwell Club (I recommend the Duck L’Orange), KC blew her birthday candles among family. I said it in Instagram and I’ll say it again. I thank God for my gift of a cousin who has the best years of her life right before her. ” I Love You, KC! Happy Birthday and Carpe Diem.
March 28, 2013 - 11:26 am
There’s a not so secret secret that a lot of the youth locally know already, that Jamba Juice has something off the menu that you can ask for. I’m talking about the ever yummy Red Gummi shake, reminiscent of gummi bears and everything beary fruity good. My brother and i made a discovery just yesterday. We discovered a juice that tastes just like it.
Tipco juice is made of 3 parts of mixed fruit or vegetable juice. My brother agrees with me on the fact that Tipco’s Purple Carrot & Mixed Fruit variant nails the Red Gummi flavor we’ve been missing from Jamba…especially when chilled. It’s veggie juice without the savory yuck factor some people can’t stand (I can, I love v8) and even my triathlete aunt, Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan, drinks this juice and my cousins, her tri-athlete kids, love it. It’s naturally fruity sweet with NO added sugar, artificial colors or preservatives. We got this box and other variants for around Php80++ each at Iloilo Supermarket.
March 5, 2013 - 6:39 pm
I’m sure you noticed it got quiet AGAIN, sorry for the frequent intermissions from regular programming. Apart from me focusing on some A1 Driving lessons I started yesterday (my tita’s place being the launchpad) I’ve suddenly been hit with a bad bout of indigestion since last night. I’m wishing with all my might this stomach spell will clear up by tonight before my 2nd lesson tomorrow. I threw up a total of 4x since yesterday and the feeling when I consume food is none other than that queasy feeling coupled with clammy hands and cold sweat. We’re suspecting the yummy Spanish cheese my Tita brought home from Barcelona last night might be the culprit combined with something I ate so for now I’m avoiding direct dairy foods. I napped through lunch earlier because the vomiting left me very tired then I managed to take some molo soup without it coming back up. This familiar jar of yum spread on some toast bread and some chamomile tea have also been keeping me filled without upsetting me. A lot of you have been bursting with praise about this online, so here are my thoughts.
A lot of people seem to be raving about this Trader Joe’s Speculoos Cookie Butter which comes in original smooth and a crunchy variant with rice krispies. So just thought I’d show off a bit and let people know I’ve tried some. Here’s the deal, I mentioned this already on Facebook and I don’t mean to be KJ or non-conformist okayy?!! Be aware I’ll jump on the bandwagon if I absolutely love something. I wasn’t WOWED by the Cookie Butter and it hasn’t fallen under the list of holy grail spreads for me. Like if a whole shelf appeared before me I probably wouldn’t grab 5, I’d only get 1. I do feel like there is a lot of online hype causing some (not all) people to say stuff like they’re addicted to it and all that, but judging from the flavor I think I know why. It’s simply creamy and not overly sweet, there’s that subtle gingerbread taste note that doesn’t overpower. The reason why I prefer this over Nutella is it completely reminds me of Lily’s Peanut Butter WITHOUT the peanuts and it isn’t as sweet. I’m one of those boring people who finds Nutella too sweet. You know how Lily’s peanut butter isn’t like regular peanut butter? There you go, TO ME (I repeat,n you don’t have to agree) it’s similar in taste to this Cookie Butter. In short, I like it but I was underwhelmed considering everything I’ve read and heard. Other people simply say, and they’re allowed to, that this doesn’t taste like anything you’ve ever tried in your entire life. I’ll be boringly moderate when I say that it did remind me a LOT of Lily’s Peanut butter, and I’m glad that it does without the peanut-ness. Just thought you guys might want a dose of real life and an HONEST review on something at the very least. Please yell “no to queasiness” for me and “healing in Jesus’ name!” so I can drive again tomorrow. I’m driving a manual vehicle by the way. This Cookie Butter used to be available on TasteCentral.com and DealGrocer released a promo for it last week but they were out of stock last I looked. If you can’t get it from there ask it as pasalubong from the US or find one of those local stockists who’ve begun importing this talk of the town spread.
January 25, 2013 - 2:26 pm
On behalf of our side of the family I thought of a somewhat unusual bridal shower concept for my cousin Paolo’s fiancee, Sam. Together with my Tita Donna (homeschool decorating Mama), Tita Maricel, my mom and other Titas we decided to sweep Sam off her feet with uplifting decor, roadtrip music for journeys (Babalik Ka Rin, Come Fly With Me, Leaving on a Jet Plane, Love City etc.), and travel-related goodies for trips via land, sea, or air. It just occurred to me that most couples are peppered with loads and loads of stuff they need at home which is excellent, but what about the stuff they need when on their marital adventures or great getaways? Well, wake up to wanderlust.
L-R: Alex Godinez and Sam Godinez
Pao and Sam were cute on foot but I thought they should soar to new heights so I placed them in the balloon.
I created a rose tinted filter and added it to some of the shots using something like Photoshop (created meaning I filled a top layer with an old rose tint and ticked the Hard Light blend mode for the layer). Seeing the shots through “virtual” rose tinted glasses adds some “heartwarmth” to them in a way that’s not so obvious. We’d also like to say a really big thank you to Benefit Cosmetics PH, like on FB here and Goody hair accessories PH who showed some heartwarming “kikay” support on our special day for Sam. Click read more to see all the photos
December 30, 2012 - 4:33 pm