Musings at 44

"Be the best version of you."
I'm still striving to be a better version of myself. Conscious effort talaga! As I celebrated my 44th last week, I realized not much has changed over the past year. Remember my last post here as a mid-lifer? Ganun pa rin naman. Priorities remained the same, but I guess dumami yung goals and wants ko for myself and my family.

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Coding Classes for Kids and Teens

It's the digital age, and many tweens and teens are very much into YouTube and gaming. My girl has started creating her vlogs while the boy's interest in programming and gaming has grown over the past few years. Last January, he was finally able to attend a coding class at Junior Academy for Coding Knowledge (JACK) and there was no turning back. He loved it! This summer, he already picked his course and I'm actually pleased that he is serious about learning more. 

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Toast To Good Food at Toast Asian Kitchen & Tasting Room

Foodie Friday:  Restaurant / Dining

My usual Thursdays with my boy is to accompany him to his M.A.PE classes (music, art, PE) that starts with swimming in the morning, then drums and painting after lunch. Yesterday's schedule was light. He's done with first sem drums and art, so our afternoon freed up. This invitation to lunch came at a right time and the venue was conveniently located, kaya after his swimming class, we went straight to the newly opened Toast Asian Kitchen & Tasting Room in Ayala Mall the 30th in Pasig.

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Off-Road Birthday Adventure in Jungle Base, Tanay

Third Friday of the month: Recreation / Leisure / Celebration 

A day spent outdoors, in the mountains of Sierra Madre, communing with nature and merry-making with friends, unplugged...welcome break from the usual weekends in the city. This was one memorable birthday celebration for M's classmates two weeks ago and we're thankful that we got to tag along on this awesome adventure.

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Mangrove Planting with 3rd Graders

My girl and her fellow third graders had the opportunity to travel to a mangrove forest in a remote area in Lian, Batangas. This educational trip was part of their unit study about “Exploring What We Can Do For the Regions” for Social Studies. The field trip was done in collaboration with the Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation (www.ptfcf.org) and Lian Kingfisher Association. I was one of the parent-volunteers and I'm excited to share our experience with you!

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BLISS BOWLS, Deliciously Healthy Smoothie Bowls

First Friday of the month: Foodie Finds / Healthy Food

I love fruit smoothies. My favorites are blended frozen strawberry-banana, ripe mango, and mango-banana combos. Sometimes, I add chia seeds and honey in the mix. When juicing and green smoothies became a fad, I never got into it mainly because I didn't like the idea of drinking and mixing raw veggies in my fruit shakes. Hindi lang ako sanay na iniinom ang gulay unless it's in soup form. But I know they're healthy. Then came these power breakfast smoothie bowls that I see posted on Instagram. It got me curious but have never tried one before until BLISS BOWLS opened.

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A Later Bloomer's Appreciation for Beauty and Wellness

A new year means getting older, and hopefully, wiser and healthier! Age does matter. Priorities change. But the funny thing here is that I've never been more conscious about my looks than when I hit 40. Parang biglang nagpakita yung mga fine lines, white hair, blemishes, and eczema out of nowhere! Weird noLate bloomer kasi ako. =) Siyempre, as I got older, I've learned to embrace my uniqueness (flaws and all), build on my strengths, and seek out products and services that help me look and feel beautiful, inside and out. Food and clothing aside, beauty and personal wellness have been at the bottom of my priorities for the longest time. Well, not anymore.

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5 Favorite Makan Lunch Meals at Makansutra Hawkers

"Makansutra, founded by entrepreneur-photojournalist KF Seetoh, celebrates the best of Asian Food Culture and Lifestyle. KF Seetoh, the Guru of Grub, has been championing street food culture in many ways. He was accorded and recognised as Singapore’s Food Ambassador by then President Mr SR Nathan. After a decade in the media industry, Seetoh put a lucrative photography business aside and founded Makansutra in 1997." - www.makansutra.com

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Must-Have Gadgets: Top Picks for 2017

The holidays may be over, but there are just too many things that continue to pile up in our wish-lists. Every year, there's always something new to look forward to, like the latest in fashion, luxury items, and gadgets. I am not techie but I want to be updated 'coz J and the kids are very much into gadgets. Luckily, I got a preview of what's coming from Digital Walker this 2017 and we already have our top picks from the lot.

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My First Cookie Swap Party

First Friday of the month: Food / Baking

Happy New Year, everyone! =)
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday break filled with memorable feasts. May we all crave for more epicurean delights and share new foodie discoveries this year. This is my first blog feature for 2017 and it happens to be Foodie Friday, so let's start with something festive and delicious to welcome the new year, shall we?

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Bacon Eggplant Parmigiana Express

Our family noche buena is usually a potluck party at my parents' place. And like the years before, it will be a simple dinner with just our immediate family. I don't cook during special occasions, unless requested or if I am in the mood, hahaha... most of the time I order what I will serve. I actually ordered Eggplant Parmigiana, one of my contributions for noche buena, as suggested by my caterer-friend. It was a coincidence that I was already planning to share my first "imbento parmigiana" recipe today. This last recipe post for the year is a delicious Italian dish that is festive enough to serve during special occasions.

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Sparty at The Beauty & Wellness Lounge

Before the holiday rush, I was thankful to have some pampering session with my mom friends at our own private sparty hosted by The Beauty & Wellness Lounge along Wackwack. It was nice to welcome December with a happy and positive vibe, and reward fellow busy mamas even with a quick break from their daily hustle.

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