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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What To Expect from Body Densitometry and 3D Mammography at Health Cube + Giveaway

Second Friday of the month: Health / Wellness

Health is wealth. It's been said a gazillion times, but it's true. As a mom, I have to stay fit and healthy to be able to take care of my family's welfare. I must admit, hindi ako regular sa annual check-ups and lab tests, and I've never undergone mammography or bone scan, ever. I didn't feel the need then. But having friends and relatives who are cancer survivors, and a few who succumbed, I know I have to take preventive measures and self-checks, aside from eating right. So, when I was offered to take the Body Densitometry and 3D Mammography at Health Cube, I immediately said yes, kahit medyo kabado ako coz I am clueless about the procedures. I'm sharing my experience here so you if you're a "newbie" to these tests like me, you'll know what to expect. Plus, there's a giveaway at the end of this feature!

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Foodie Friday: Titas Brunch at Toast Manila

First Friday of the month: Dining / Restaurant

I'm not a morning person. It's so difficult for me to get up earlier than 6 am (unless we need to travel). That is why I like brunch time better than an early breakfast, kasi hindi na ako antok and I can take my sweet time to savor my meal compared to a few rushed bites while I prepare breakfast and baon for the kids and bring them to school. I enjoy this mid-morning meal when I'm alone or have a casual brunch date with friends. The most recent was with fellow titas hosted by Toast Manila in San Juan.

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Mom-Finds: Why We Need The Toilet Helper

Let's get down to business. I don't know any other way to tell you about this new innovation that brings relief in the toilet. It's not actually a pleasant topic to talk about but I know it's worth sharing. I know many have the same health concerns. Are you constipated like me? Aside from having enough fiber and fluid intake, a proper sitting position in the toilet will help make elimination faster and smoother, and there's a scientific explanation for that.

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Island-inspired L’Indochine X Anina Rubio Lifestyle Collection

I am half way through my Christmas gift list (luckily, I have a short one) but I am still hunting for beautiful and unique items for friends and loved ones. Here's another Mom-Finds feature that could not wait 'til the end of the month to be shared here. What makes these items unique is the design itself 'coz you can only find these limited artist collection from L'Indochine lifestyle store.

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Favorite Pinoy Sweet Style Spaghetti

We all love pasta dishes. Spaghetti bolognese is a staple dish and I prepare it with or without an occasion coz it's safe to serve in minutes and everybody eats it. There are so many variations to the bolognese sauce and the Filipino style is on the sweet side. Personally, mas gusto ko yung Italian style in chunky tomato-herb sauce and without the sweet flavor. J prefers the sweet-style kaya minsan compromise with the sauce. 

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Fun Friday: Build and Bond Doll Houses and Crafts

Third Friday of the month: Toys  / Hobbies

If there's one thing I have in common with the girl when I was her age, it's arts and crafts. I think I picked up the hobby from my mother who is very skilled in this department, which includes sewing as well. When I was younger, I didn't get to buy dresses and accessories for my Barbie doll so I ended up sewing ponchos and skirts, fashion accessories, and creating furniture out of match boxes, buttons and scraps. M is into these stuff right now and when my friend showed me a Mishka Build and Bond toy, I knew she'll love this and it will be a good activity for both of us.

M has been into micro crafts and toys since last year, and I featured some of her creations here. She's been stitching and sewing more often lately to create clothes and accessories for her LPS toys. When I saw these "doll houses" from Mishka Build and Bond, I wanted them for myself too, heehee... nakaka-aliw and I thought to surprise her with this. It's awesome! This Sakura Sushi Shop was sent as a gift and it was so cool even J wanted to join and start building with us. We should have started with a smaller kit first coz we found this too daunting with all the materials and steps, hahahaha! This remains an unfinished project.

I ordered several smaller sets as gifts and an extra for us to build. This will take days, or weeks to finish.  Which also means more gadget-free days with the kid!

This bedroom with a bunk beds is our current project and we are in the middle of building it. So kahit hindi pa tapos, I wanted to show it na and couldn't wait 'til my Mom-Finds feature to share this with you so you can also order for your family or get them as gifts. The top photo is the expected outcome of our toy bedroom. 

Actually, ang main purpose talaga ni M is to use this as a room for her LPS toys! =) We've been having petty quarrels over this coz with some pieces she doesn't want to try to measure and cut. Anyway, here's the kit complete with all the materials, and even the glue and wires for the bedroom light!

Some bigger sets like the Sushi shop includes scissors, but this one doesn't.
For this set, we needed:
Cutter, scissors
No-nail adhesive for wood and boards
(coz the white glue included is only good for sealing wall paper and lighter materials)
Glue gun/glue
Plastic knife or old plastic cards - use to spread glue evenly
Ruler or tape measure
Needle and thread
Tray (act as work surface to keep tiny materials from getting lost)

Two nights palang kami and we've only set up the walls and floor, plus the main furniture. The manual shows all the materials included, and illustrated instruction for each part of the house. No english translation but the item code and photos are enough to show you the step-by-step procedure. It's very meticulously designed kaya you need time to concentrate! Meron din room designs for boys. 

Kailangan kong mag-salamin sa liit ng ibang pictures that needed to be cut. This is ideal for 10 years old and above, but even smaller kids can do this with parents' help, especially when using the cutter and adhesive. A light and steady hand would be an advantage to piece them all together without damaging the pieces, hehehe. We'll continue building over the weekend. Nakakatuwa, I can't wait for this to be completed!

You can order from: Instagram.com/mishkabuildandbond.

(To be updated once we complete the room.)

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Online Favorites Now in Fifth Rack Fashion and Lifestyle Store

Can you say no to a "shopping party"? When friends invite me to similar events, I really try to attend mainly because I want to see what's new out there (of course the free shopping is a big bonus). Since I don't really consider myself a shoppaholic, I am not as familiar with current retail and online brands, and even bazaar favorites. One recent event I attended was a media luncheon for Fifth Rack concept store with their impressive line-up of brands, so I'm sharing some of the items that caught my eye.

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