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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Gone South: Staycation at Somerset Alabang Manila

Third Friday of the month:  Fun and Recreation / Staycation

Are you in the holiday mood na? Planning a trip or staycation during the Christmas break? Well, if you are, consider staying in a premier serviced residence like Somerset Alabang. We've had our fair share of staycations around the metro and there's something about the charm of the south that makes it my preferred destination when looking for a place to unwind away from home.

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Family Friday: Dealing with Scoliosis

Around June or July, my husband was playfully massaging and tickling the boy and was surprised to feel a curve along his spine. We never noticed it before and when I checked, there was indeed a curve to the right. We suspected it to be scoliosis. He never had any complaints with his back or spine so I overlooked it for months. When I had my 3D mammogram and bone densitomerty last October, I remembered his spine and inquired about a scoliosis checkup. Eventually, we consulted a doctor and he was diagnosed with scoliosis. He recommended an x-ray immediately.

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Foodie Finds at Cafe Madrigal in Somerset Alabang

First Friday of the month: Restaurant / Cafe / Foodie Finds

December na, and this season is all about gift-giving and lots of eating! I have not prepared any new dish or dessert that I feel worthy of serving during holiday parties. Instead, I am sharing my foodie discoveries at Cafe Madrigal and Bar from our recent staycation at the first serviced residence in the south, Somerset Alabang Manila.

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Mom-Finds: SIMPLE Face Care Micellar Water and Makeup Remover

Last Friday of the month: Beauty / Skin Care

I have a very basic, fuss-free skin care regimen. The simpler the better. If you've been a long time follower of my blog, you would know that I just stick with the bare essentials when it comes to skin care and makeup products. As I hit 40, I've noticed my skin has become drier and more sensitive. While I tried different brands to find the right combination for my current skin condition, I still maintain a 3-step approach to skin care which consists of a soap-free cleanser, exfoliant, moisturizer. I am still not consistent with applying eye cream though.  Most recently, I added this amazing micellar water to my regimen.

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'Tis the Season for #SmartLove, Win Weekly Prizes and Surprises

As a bearer of good news, I'm so excited to announce that SMART is spreading more love this season by showering us with lots and lots of surprises! Open a different surprise every week until January 2017. Seriously, umuulan talaga ng free trips, amazing products and services from Smart, kaya register now to enjoy #SmartLove!

Prizes at stake:
Fly off to Indonesia and Singapore to watch concerts
with DJ Snake, Zedd, Yuna and Guns N' Roses!
Hangout session with JaDine
Free data, discounts on Lazada, Uber, Zalora and more

Smart Love Promo Mechanics
  • Open to all Smart Prepaid, Postpaid & Broadband subscribers.
  • Promo is from November 15, 2016 to January 15, 2017.
  • Every week, SMART will announce a reward /set of rewards that will be open for redemption.
  • Subscribers may choose to receive any of the available weekly rewards
  • Smart Prepaid & Broadband Prepaid must have loaded at least P50 at the start of the week to claim 1 reward
  • Smart Postpaid & Broadband Postpaid accounts are currently active
    • Accounts that can still make incoming and outgoing calls, text, and data, regardless of account treatment in terms of credit limit and payment status
  • There is no required number of rewards points to join.
  • There will be 2 portions for the promo:  
    Raffle and Reward
    • Claiming of Rewards is not required to be able to join the Raffle, nor is it required to join the Raffle to be able to claim Rewards.
  • Subscribers may choose among the available raffle/s to join and rewards for the week (as detailed in the website)
  • For the trips to Indonesia and Singapore, subscriber must align with the following requirements to enter:
    • Must be at least 18 years old to join
    • Must have an existing passport valid for 6 months from date of concert
Dial *888 for Smart subscribers if there are any concerns regarding this promotional activity

 Watch and see what's in store for you from #SmartLove


To join the raffle, subscriber must first register using the following format:
Smart Subscribers: Text SMARTLOVE<space>REG<space>NAME/AGE/ADDRESS to 9999

For Smart Broadband Subscribers, follow these steps:
  1. Connect your gadget to your Smart Bro Pocket WiFi 
  2. Open a web browser and access your Device Settings page. Type: www.smartbrosettings.net 
  3. To login and type smartbro for both username and password. 
  4. Check the menu on the left side of the interface, and click on the SMS function—new message. 
  5. Text SMARTLOVE<space>REG<space>NAME/AGE/ADDRESS to 9999
Registration is free of charge and may only be done once, but will be eligible for ALL raffles.
Additional raffle points may be earned via the following:
  • Smart Prepaid & Smart Bro Prepaid: Every increment of P50 is equivalent to 1 raffle entry
  • Smart Postpaid & Smart Bro Postpaid: Every increment of P50 based on monthly service fee is equivalent to 1 raffle entry.

Go to www.smart.com.ph/smartlove for the complete Raffle mechanics and prize details.


Smart subscribers may redeem via SMS:

For Smart Bro subscribers, redeem by following these steps:
  1. Connect your gadget to your Smart Bro Pocket WiFi 
  2. Open a web browser and access your Device Settings page. Type: www.smartbrosettings.net 
  3. To login,type smartbro for both username and password. 
  4. Check the menu on the left side of the interface, and click on the SMS function—new message. 
  5. Text SMARTLOVE<space>CODE and send to 9999. 
  6. View the reward by clicking on SMS function—inbox.

Go to www.smart.com.ph/smartlove for the complete Rewards redemption codes and details.

This is a very early Christmas treat from SMART so take advantage of this opportunity, share the love, and feel the spirit of giving from #SmartLOVE!

Video and image from SMART.

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How We Can Be a Wall Against Dengue

I have relatives and friends who suffered from dengue and were hospitalized. I can only imagine how scary and traumatic it was for their loved ones. It is something I pray will never happen to me and my family. To be honest, I'm still not that familiar with the symptoms and effects of this disease. As a parent, I know it is my responsibility to educate myself and take necessary preventive measures to protect us. Recently, I agreed to take part in an advocacy to raise awareness against the disease because dengue cases in the Philippines continue to rise in recent years. As one of the moms against dengue, I will share as much information as I can so all of us can be a wall against dengue.

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My #LutongNanay Chicken Menudo Hack

The holidays are fast approaching and for sure, there are already several party planning in the works. One of the most important element is the food, siyempre, and it's the best time to serve special lutong nanay recipes and festive-looking dishes like this menudo. It looks and feels like Christnas, no? =) But I have to confess, this is my first time to cook this dish coz the family is not fond of dishes mixed with liver, so I made my own version here.

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