Ultimate Taste Test 6.0

September 5, 2011 § 17 Comments

Been interested to join the Ultimate Taste Test by Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet but never did in the past, either didnt find time or was tamad or whatever. But this time, timing was right so off we went. Oh I had fun πŸ™‚ And true na it has to be planned and you have to have a lot of time. We went at 1pm and stopped for a break at 2:30-4pm then went back again for another hour. Actually I read somewhere na a couple shared theirs and it would work kasi super dami di mo kayang ubusin eh, bad lang sa sharing is if the food is good you just can get half hahaha.

Here are my take on what I was able to taste. Mga di ko tinaste are those na di ko type na food, and full na ako so I chose na which I want to go to na lang.

Farm n’ Deli Barang’s Tinapa – really good! their longganisa are good too, I like yugn sweet Cebu longganisa. So good my friend bought a jar of tinapa whatever home. I would buy.

Marla’s Original Muncheez Muncheez – this is ok, as in I would buy it, medyo kulang sa sweetness for me but good if for my baby. My friend bought one for her daughter. I would buy this.

Daims Food Inc Debrecziner, Wasabi, BBQ, Vienna – hmm I found the sausages a bit dry, maybe because they were sliced and exposed na?

De Original Jamaican Patties Beef Original, Beef Pinaubo – didnt try it na kasi super suki na kami dito, I loved it when I was a kid until now even my picky eating daughter loves it.

Cafe Mediterranean/ Wild Ginger Moutable with roasted eggplant rolls, Vegetable samosas/ Spinach & Dhal Chapati – I didnt notice them, so I wasnt able to try them out.

Purple Mustard Sebadas con miela rosmarino (fried ravioli with rosemary honey) – hmm di ko like, I didnt like the taste of rosemary honey. Di siya kasundo ng palette ko.

5 Loaves & 2 Fish Baked Crunchy Veggie chips with homemade dips and spreads – I didnt try it. Parang I got tired na of dips and spreads eh. They are always yummy sa food fairs and bazaars but when its at home na di na as yummy. Siguro pang small doses lang sila. Or maybe pang party siguro.

The Fruit Garden Jam flavors: Fruit Cocktail, Lychee Berry Rose, Winter Season – this is not something I would buy but I admit their packaging is always so adorable. I tasted lang kasi alam ko di ako bibili eh so how else can I know how they’d taste. I tried all three I liked Lychee Berry Rose.

El Kapitan Spiced Chai, Vanilla Chai – didnt try this.

Concept Specialist Inc Coffee with different flavors – didnt try this.

Party Fuel Mojito Mocktail – didnt try this.

Istituto Culinario Limonada – found the taste a bit bland but I appreciate na they gave a bottle each. I would buy this.

Bugle Boy Distributors Corp Arizona iced tea – didnt try this.

Chef C’s Paella de Andaluz Paella de Andaluz – I like the taste but I found the rice too soft/soggy. But I see myself ordering from them yummy yung taste eh.

Big Daddy Jay’s All American BBQ Smoked Pork Ribs and Bama Chicken – Oh this one is really good. Yes I do see myself ordering from them.

Hyphys Calamansi Tuyo, Spaghetti, Falafel/ Hummus Tapenade Rolls – tried the Calamansi Tuyo, it is good but I dont imagine I can eat more than the taste portion, sobrang malasa and sobrang malakas yung lasa.

Luigi’s Muhlach Chicken cordon bleu with a choice of aligue mayo, cream cheese or wasabi sauce, Phillychanga – oh gosh this one is so good, I got to the booth when I was quite full na yet I didnt just bite on the sampler I ate them all to think mga 3-4 bites yung sampler niya. Ang yummy talaga! Will definitely order from him. Will look for his price list muna but I already see myself going to Mercato to eat his food again. He is THAT good. This is one of my TOP 5. Probably my #1 pa. And this is not because I am a fan of both his mom and dad! haha

HKR Food Express Asado, Roast Chicken – I read about this na from Heart2Heart’s blog and nasa list na ito ng pupuntahan namin one day. So when I bumped into my lamon friend Jenki and she told me to make sure I try, so am really looking forward na. Yes masarap nga talaga! Will definitely order from them. This is one of my Top 5.

Heart, Meat and Soul Foods Hearty meaty spaghetti – didnt notice this so I didnt get to try them.

Sushi Mo California maki roll, Tuna&mayo maki roll – ok naman no big deal. I love the wasabi cream though. I can eat this again but I wont be buying to serve this unless super affordable.

Dek A Authentic Thai Popia, Thai milk tea – I wanted to go back after our tea break because of this one. Hmm ok lang siya, it didnt impress me but ok naman di naman pangit yung lasa since am really on the look out for a good Thai resto am going to eat in their resto pa din and give it another try.

Pinakbest Bagnet – this booth consistently had a long line, ewan if good for the katabi kasi habang waiting people would get from their katabing booth or bad for their katabi kasi nahaharangan. Well I got the very last piece of Ilocos Empanada. Hmm ok lang, not super good na I wanna go back to Ilocos but good naman. Yung Bagnet din good but di super good na you will want to eat more knowing it is so bad for the health. But A+ to them for giving such big serving, as in di ka nila kinukuripot sa serving size. And I so love their big plate, it saved me from holding so many smaller samplers.

Eat my GF Original GF with toppings – hmm not my type eh. Ok naman but ayaw ko ng oily na eh. Kasi full na ako at that time. Maybe if I ate here first mas ok ang reception ko sa food nila.

The Flying Chef Ham and Cheese Empanada; Chocolate & Bacon Empanada – the Chocolate Bacon Empanada is a good food to serve sa party kasi interesting siya, but not one I would buy kasi di siya that good for me. Interesting lang siya and ok iserve sa party. One of those must try food lang.

Muesli Granola Kitchen & Bakeshop Monkey Bar, Chocolate barmuncher with almonds and cashew nuts – I super love the Chocolate Barmuncher, yung Monkey bar was ok lang. Yung plain was ok naman not that yummy but I will buy that plain one too to offset the guilt sa chocolate one. Am now so regretting not buying. Will also go back to Mercato for this one. This is one of my Top 5.

Almost Gourmet Parmesan chicken sticks – was so looking forward to taste this kasi I had high hope for this kasi nga I recommend them for suppliers meal. Oh well I find the food ok lang, kinda dry for me and oily. But I still recommend them for suppliers meal para maiba naman ang kinakain ng suppliers, enough Jollibee, McDo, Max & KFC na.

Joy’s Fuzion Kitchen (JFK) Fried chicken wings – may na try akong Chicken Wings yung katabi ni Pinagbest, am not sure if this is the one. The chicken is good naman but not exceptionally good.

Edible Options Fish Fillet, Chicken Galantina, Sunflower brittle – didnt notice this so di ko na try.

Casa San Luis Pastries Adobo quiche – I skipped this, either I was busog or they have a queue.

Spring by Ha Yuan KuaPao: Pulled pork, Braised short rib, Lychee and Sesame crusted Teriyaki tofu – oh gosh I LOVE this one. Sana they gave samplers of all kaso no eh, choose one lang. I chose the one with Lychee. So yummy the wansuy was super duper helpful in making it so yummy also the crunchy thingy. I wonder if they join Mercato. I would love to go to Mercato for this! Or I will go back to Ha Yuan to eat this. Saan na ba ang mga Ha Yuan? I grew up eating Ha Yuan kasi sa Masangkay, then after I got married we’d go Ha Yuan sa West Ave naman. Saan na mga Ha Yuan? It is so yummy I will google and look for them. Part ito ng Top 5 ko.

Chori Chori Burger Joint Boracay original Choriburger – I didnt like it. I think the bun was not yummy, yung sa Bora I remember mala pandesal bun eh… or am I mixing it up with Bun on the Run? Oh basta I didnt like it.

Cre-Ate Concepts PIZZA-teriyaki mayo, PIZZA- 4 cheese – I didnt like it. I like my pizza super hot, with bubblying cheese, but it is not possible in the event to have such. I got the crust part pa so di talaga masarap.

Gourmet Keso Chevre(goat cheese), Chevre w/ cashews & truffled salt; Chevre w/ garlic & herbs, Kesong Puti Hiyayako – I tried the one with truffle and I didnt like it. Na over power nung truffle yung lasa and yun lang na taste ko truffle!

Mang Pedro Taho – I skipped this kasi dami kong hawak di ko kaya mag hawak ng cup. Di ko na din binalikan di naman ako atat. Hopefully I wont be reading super duper good reviews of this one or mangihinayang ako. Tsaka pala too many flavors di ko alam what to pick so I didnt pick na.

Tina’s Pie Outlet Main Dish: Callos. Tart: Shiitake With Swiss Gruyere, Prawns In Aligue, Chicken With chorizo – been hearing about Tina’s Pie but when I went to Mercato I either forget or they werent there, kasi if they were there for sure bibili ako after reading Leslie’s (of Shoot First Eat Later) review. Hay sana they gave samplers for all flavors din. I tasted yung Shitake, they recommended the Chicken with Chorizo, my friend tasted yung Prawns with Aligue all said yummy so super wanted to taste them all kaso isa lang pwede. I will also go to Mercato for this one. So yummy! This is part of my Top 5 also… hahha I think lalampas ng 5 yung Top 5 ko but you get what I mean when I say Top 5 sila. Parang disservice to them if I call them Top 6 or Top 10 eh.

Chef’s Table Buko pie martini – I love this! But am not sure if I can eat a bigger serving of this yung sampler size niya na 2-3 bites was good for me kasi sweet sya, dunno why it’s called martini I didnt taste any liquor.

Hansie’s Desserts Chocolate Chunk Cookies – di ko din ito na try

Cupcake Boutique by Klar Joseph Cupcakes (Red Velvet) – di ko na try.

Merry Moo Artisan Ice Cream: Brown Bread – I tried Brown Bread and Pistachio with Mango, wow wow both are yummy. I would go back and buy a scoop. I wanna know if it is still good pag a scoop na but yung sampler size super good siya.

Empire French macarons – I am not a fan of macarons, what I like are macaroons yung with desicated coconut, yung sa Goldilock like na like ko! But this one is good. Another macaron I like is the one in Burgos Circle NOT from Bar Dolci but from another shop, Leslie also found that shop’s macaron yummy, di ko lang alam if ito din yun. If di ito yun then this one is even better. So good na I got my friend’s share and ate them too. I will buy from them again when I have my very occasional macaron cravings. I tried the chili choco and I forgot what else.

Sweet Life by Ange Cam Chips – I like the camote chips but that’s just camote chips so parang how good can it get or how bad would it be ba. The cakes naman are good. Not super I wanna crave for those cake kind but good naman na if I am to have a party I might order para ibang cake naman ma serve.

Mochiko Cookie Dough & Cream Mochi – my daughter is the one who loves this. Ako not really a fan, but I did try the cookie dough so I’d know if I will buy for my daughter, yes it is good and I think my daughter will like this. So will buy this.

My Pink Wasabi Kashi Maki – am so going to be bad. I bought from them sa Mercato, di ko type 😦 feeling ko nagpapaka iba lang. My friend gifted this to me last Christmas di ko pa din type. Sa UTT I was thinking baka ibigay nila yung yummiest nila. I tried one and didnt like it pa din. I wanted to taste more but di daw pwede 1 lang, made the expreince with them go from bad to worse. Oh well they didnt lose a customer naman kasi di din ako target market nila but sana if sasali sila sa ganito ready na sila ng pang taste for everything they are offering. Yeah it is costly but worth it din naman if they have a good product and it spreads.

Symphony of Flavors Lecheflan cheesecake – not my taste. I find it too sweet.

Pink Candies Kucina Food for the Gods – huwat! Food For the Gods pala! Sayang I didnt get to taste.

Elle’s Torta Torta cebuana – didnt notice this one too or didnt find it appetizing? Not sure which kasi di nagreregister sa mind ko now yung food nila eh.

YOH-GEE Frozen Kefir – didnt get to taste this. when I wanted to si Marian the host kept interviewing so I skipped it na lang.

Carmen’s Best Ice cream: Salted Caramel & Coffee – di ko ito na notice 😦

Riz Rice Homemade suman – I love suman so I looked for them, wala sila 😦

Sugarhouse Yema balls/ Sylvannas – di naman taste bad but I was looking for exciting food sa UTT.

Baked by Anita Bacon n maple mini cupcake- so so lang di ako bibili but if served sa party I would eat it.

Theo&Philo Chocolate Chocolate bars – I like this but not enough to buy it. Siguro ito yung one of those I might buy if the mood strike me. I love that he is so generous in allowing us to taste more than once and taste all flavors pa. Hmm remembering the nice experience and his nice booth, yeah I will probably buy. Yung memory ng taste ng choco niya getting better sa mind ko.

Kiddie Affairs Cupcakes – didnt taste this.

Yumy.Aco Banana loaf with walnuts and choco chips – didnt taste this.

The Ice Cream Bar Lemon Crumble Yogurt – didnt taste this.

To recap:

I can’t wait to buy and will buy the next chance I get

Luigi’s Muhlach’s food

Muesli Granola Kitchen & Bakeshop

Marla’s Original Muncheez

Spring by Ha Yuan Kua Pao

Tina’s Pie Outlet

Empire French macarons

Merry Moo Artisan Ice Cream: Brown Bread

I will buy this one day

Farm n’ Deli

Chef C’s Paella de Andaluz

Big Daddy Jay’s All American BBQ

Sweet Life by Ange Cam Chips

Mochiko Cookie Dough & Cream Mochi

Theo&Philo Chocolate Chocolate bars

I don’t think I will buy these

Cre-Ate Concepts PIZZA

My Pink Wasabi Kashi Maki

Symphony of Flavors Lecheflan cheesecake

Hmm Will I join UTT 7? Yeah if mas mura yeah, if same price, I might. But bahala na depends when and where.

Congratulations to Anton & Rache Diaz for this event! Galing. Hope to see the stuff I like in Mercato. Great job Gary & Janice of Creative Juice.


September 4, 2011 § 3 Comments


Note to self. Buy onesies and PJ bottom na again instead para di exposed ang tummy para di kabagin πŸ™‚

A Breastfeeding Year in Pictures

September 2, 2011 § 9 Comments

This entry was supposed to be up yesterday (the other day na pala kasi lumampas ako ulit) last day ng Breastfeeding month. The idea came to me after I saw Clarice’s breastfeeding picture, kala ko madali lang, just grab the pictures from FB then post isang entry na agad. Nyeks di pala kasi I would remember may iba pa palang picture so hahanapin ko muna sa external disk ko, tapos chineck ko din iPhone album ko if I have more etc, then finding out what date the picture was taken etc. Tapos siningit ko muna yung entry for Didda’s Bday ayun naiwan na ito.

Anyway, I am not naman wanting to have breastfeeding pictures but sometimes we dont have time to wait till Laya finishes feeding and take the picture so if on the go, picture na kung picture keber kung feeding siya o hindi. I guess lucky ako kasi unang breastfeeding picture ko si Stan ang kumuha (am comfy with him kasi asawa yan ni Jenny na breastfeeding advocate so he had seen his share na, besides when I breastfeed for sure walang exposure involved (I am super not comfy seeing exposure while breastfeeding, I super do not like it, please dont impose your boobies to others naman na), also sayang yung 1 hour allotment sa Stork Studio session so maski Laya needs a break to feed ayy picture time pa din yun hahaha) tapos umani pa ng puri yung shot so na flatter naman ako.

Here goes:

My very first Breastfeeding Pictures na umani ng comments sa FB | Laya at 3 months (photo by Stan Ong for Stork Studio | nursing wear by Plume) June 2010

Wedding ni CJ & Ira nag gate crash si Laya dito, nasalubong namin si Oly di ko alam paano sasabihin am feeding so nagpose na lang ako πŸ™‚ | Laya at 4 months (photo by Oly Ruiz of Metrophoto | nursing wear by Plume | Santuario San Jose) July 2010

Breastfeeding Month 2010 Latch’s Exhibit in Eastwood Mall | Laya at 5 months (photo by Didda | nursing wear by Plume) August 2010

6th month Photo shoot (photo by Stan for Stork Studio | nursing wear by Au Lait) September 2010

I love this shot taken by Didda via his iPhone, banca ride back to Club Paradise | Laya at 9 monthsΒ  December 2010

At Bataan | Laya at 10 months (photo by Didda |nursing wear by Mamaway) January 2011

Mae’s Baby Shower at Threelogy Office | Laya at 10 months (photo by Cielo? | nursing wear by Mamaway) January 2011

Circus Act at home | Laya at 11 months (photo by Kite | nursing sleepwear by Mothercare) February 2011

Sydney Harbor Bridge & Opera House at night | Laya at 15 months (photo by John Sudario | nursing wear by Mamaway) May 2011

Bondi Beach, Australia | Laya at 15 months (photo by Didda | nursing wear Mamaway) May 2011

Sydney’s Pitt Street Mall | Laya at 15 months (photo by Leng & Didda | nursing wear Mamaway) May 2011

Sydney’s Darling Harbor | Laya at 15 months (photo by Kite | nursing wear by Blissful Babes sleepwear actually yan) May 2011

Ninonuevo-Reyes Mansion at Lyla’s 1st Birthday Party | Laya at 15months (photo by Rey Tuazon | nursing wear by Au Lait) May 2011

Sorry this is just an indulgence post. It’s me patting myself on the back. There’s no more picture of me feeding the past few months kasi Laya feeds mostly at night time now.

Thanks. I doubt if next breastfeeding month am still this active, oh well. Happy Breastfeeding Month to all!

Birthday and Christmas Blog Entry

September 1, 2011 § 4 Comments

Happy Birthday to our Didda Abet!

Ohh let me share his past birthday celeb, this is my fave party Election ang theme namin! Watch the teaser vids here. And listen to the speeches: Kuya Fol’s speech here and dont miss this speech of Papa Fol’s too. Now back to this year…

Since birthday niya today will just share something about him that most might not know. Did you know he is a composer? When we were not yet married he would join songwriting contests and would get in and be a finalist, awww that elusive Metropop inaasam ko pa din… 😦

Oh well, here is one of his composition, it got picked for the GMA7’s Christmas CD (Year 1995) and his song is the carrier single (ssshh only because he named the song A Christmas on GMA).Β  So here’s now my Happy Birthday Didda Abet & Merry Christmas to all blog entry…. ber month na!

Since I am doing this blog by myself and would want to surprise DiddaΒ  ito lang alam kong way to share the song. Download song here. Will paturo tomorrow how to upload sa host namin. Enjoy!

PS. Because he compose songs ] we had CDs made and it served as our wedding invite and wedding souvenir when we got married. Read about our cd here.

On our 10th anniversary (see party kwento here) we had them remade and now we are stuck with so many cds. You want one? Let me know! Will have one sent it you are in Metro Manila. Just ask for one.

Happy birthday Didda!

Warehouse Sale 2

August 22, 2011 § 2 Comments


I had a lot of great buys from the previous warehouse sale. Hoping or the same experience this year.

See you there!

Lego Pilipinas! Woohoo

August 16, 2011 § 2 Comments

When we were in Australia, we were amazed when we saw this…

at the Sydney Aquarium

at Sydney Wildlife World

And just today I got this in my inbox… ooohhh am really excited I hope they are drool-worthy! Theirs are pretty but ours are personalized kasi Philippine Landmarks and mga gagawin eh.Β  Please please please be really nice!!! Can’t wait to see it.

Am so happy Lego is doing it in the Philippines too!

My Childhood!

August 14, 2011 § 10 Comments

It’s my turn! This is all about me! Sorry kayo blog ko ito and I can do this πŸ™‚

Umpisahan natin ang mga pictures sa nanay ko para maganda. Oh ayan sorry di ako ampon. She’s 7 months preggy here.

di ko alam ano ine-emote ng nanay ko dito and kung nasaan ako I should be 2 months old by this time, bat di niya ako inaalagaan? Tsaka di siguro ito bahay namin? Sosyal nasa hotel? Bakit? eh baby pa ako asan ako??? Iniwan? hmm di maganda yan.

a six months old, naku tagal ng buhay ng silver tinsel Christmas tree namin na yan, naalala ko pa nung nagpalit kami to the green na plastic tree.

8 months old ako nito, ano ba yan Feb. na may Christmas Tree pa sa bahay na-mamana pala yang ugaling yan

madalas din kami sa Luneta, dun kami ng younger brother ko pinapaarawan. Or morning exercise siguro.

She’s a boy, bat naman mukha akong boy:(Β  Sana Amorsolo na lang yung painting!

di ko mabasa nakasulat sa cake (uuyy Hizon’s yan) pero di ko ito birthday but sila nakiki picture with me? Anong meron pag September? *puzzled* siguro parang bahay namin ngayon minsan maski walang occasion bumibili kami ng Hizon’s cake

naku madalas din kami sa Nayong Pilipino… I therefore conclude lakwatsera pamilya namin! at mahilig magpicture.

I like your pants mader! Yung pictures ko na naka collage sa wall -Bob’s Studio yan- am sure familiar sa mga friendships ko kasi hanggang after college yata nasa room ko yan tapos nilipat sa room ko sa Baguio na bahay eh.

dala dala namin sa bagong bahay ang Christmas Tree of course!

itong picture ko naku naka frame at naka display sa room ko until High School kaso nung mataba ako nahiya na ako kaya pinaalis ko na niloloko ako ng mga tao na taba taba eh. See the flower sa dress ko? Painted yan, ewan ko if mura or mahal sinasabi ko lang kasi naaalala ko.

pag nanay ang kasama sa Luneta may lobo, pag contrabidang auntie wala! hmph!

Ganito kami mag party noon, ewan ko kung bongga yan pero sabi ng nanay ko bongga daw yan (kaso di lahat ng sinasabi ko sa anak ko totoo so now napapaisip ako if totoo nga o hindi) basta ang saya saya namin niyan. Sino kaya yung mga bisita ko? Parang walang familiar? Nancy, Oliver Ruber, Sherington, Sherwin, Ahia Mike, Steve, Achi Annabele, Ramon nasaan kayo? Di kayo umattend ng bday party ko?

Back then your yayas stays with you for years! Yaya Cely on the left umalis sa amin kasi may sakit siya but matagal yan sa amin, si Yaya Nilda on the right stayed with us for a long timeΒ  siya pa yaya ni brother for a long time until nag abroad siya, alam ko pa name ni Nilda Parreno, ma google at FB nga pag tapos nito.

My very First Flower Girl gig. Ahh ipopost ko ito sa FB para makita ng mga pinsan ko wedding picture ng magulang nila haha πŸ™‚ matuwa kaya sila or mahiya? Diyos ko po ubos na halos kaibigan kong single, parang awa na ninyo kunin ninyong mag flower girl si Laya! Ako na sagot sa gown niya please (maka 3 times lang ok na ako)

Girl ako πŸ™‚

Ford Fiera ng uncle ko (yes yung kinasal kung saan akoay flower girl) for his beef ball business na sinusupply dun sa fast food ng mom ko

you know you are Chinese if… you look forward to the bloom of this plant at midnight, it blooms for a few hours lang tapos dead na pag morning; tapos ipapa tuyo na ng mom ko tapos sa ref na yan kasi ingredients ng mudra sa sabaw pampaganda niya. Anybody here knows what this plant is called? Naku ang dami ko nang igu-google after this post. Also here is one of my mom’s super good friend kaso she passed away na tagal na. Sa HK siya based tapos siya taga luto ng Shanghai Hairy Crab ko whenever we are in HK tapos sa hotel namin kakainin. Yummy!

Ayan the brother dumating na. TV namin yung uso noon nasasara haha

Nakita ninyo yang stroller? Kaloka diba? Actually nagtataka ako bat buhay pa kapatid ko imagine ang laki ng chances na ma accidente diyan. Puritang klaseng stroller kaya yan? Pwede ka pang ma tetano sa grills sa ilalim eh.

June birthday namin magkakapatid at six years pagitan namin sa isa’t isa kaya madalas combi ang party. Ito naman ang ka share ko eh si brother 1 siya ako 7 na. Oo na kamukha ko tatay ko.

di ko mahanap malaking image nito puro contact prints lang

malamang Chinese Garden ng Luneta ito gaano kayang kadaming oras nauubos namin kaka picture?

Luneta pa din.

Sandali baka sabihin ninyo di talaga ako madalas sa Makati, eto prueba! Di lang kami panay Luneta πŸ™‚

ito ang aming playground, naku too many fond memories of my childhood, yung dulo sa left bahay nila Ton & Sherwin before their house kina Kim naman pero lumpiat sila sa likod after a while.

ito naman yung facing other side, yun nakikita sa tapat yung ilalim niyang may sari sari store, natuto akong tumawid kapupunta diyan, tapos near that may panaderya din buy kami pandesal ang liit lang tapos ang tamis. pero further pa sa street takot na ako di na kami pinapayagan ng mga yaya namin to go there dangerous na.

di lang ako Luneta & Makati girl noon, Malate girl din. Diyan kasi nakatira friend ng mom ko na kapitabahay nila Katie na classmate ko sa grade school. Yan si Katie, at friends pa din kami until now… ilang years na Katie? πŸ™‚

kamukha kami ng mommy ko… ng damit! yan yung shelf ng mudra ng shoes & bags. At syempre naka balandra yung make up luggage niya.

super love ko itong resto at alam ko may picture pa ako eating the corn. super insist ako eating here heheh brat brat ko!

end this with a nice photo of me πŸ™‚

Tama na nataob ko na nanay ko 30+ pictures ko kanya 20+ lang.


I had a super great childhood and I just hope Kite & Laya will remember how much fun their childhood was too when they grow old. I think everybody have lotsa good memories but some remember the bad when they grow old, others remember the good lang. It’s all in the perspective.

Of course madami din kaming sad memories, daming dinaanan family namin but it is still a lot more fun than bad.

Hope your memory of your childhood is fun too.

My Mommy! A Brag Post

August 14, 2011 § 30 Comments

Ok nagpunta ako sa house ng mom ko sometime last week, matagal na matagal ko na yan planong gawin kaso nakakatamad kasi ang dumi dumi ng bahay kasi walang nakatira, but last week nga nagpascan ako ng pictures na meron ko dito sa amin para madigitize na (at ma blog or ma FB upload) eh natapos na niya so pag return niya ng batch 1 gusto ko padala na ang batch 2 para di sayang sa biyahe so yun ang reason ng why now. But as I was checking the pictures out grabe they are so so precious and I was too excited to show off my pretty mom so nag scan ako ng mga fav ko, di ko namalayan nasa hundreds na pala yung iniscan ko. So here they are.

My Mommy πŸ™‚Β Β  (favorite ako niyan!)

oh diba prettiness ng mudra? itong dresser niya playground ko minsan, nagme-makeup ako sa sarili ko. Yung mga gamit niya sa make up hay until she died yun pa din like yung lalagyan ng loose powder, yung gold gold na lalagyan ng tissue paper and etc.

uuyy ako yung little CUTE girl at ate ko yung isang girl… anybody knows where this is? Makati ba?

nice ng outfit diba? ito yung compound where we lived when I was 1 year old until mga 21 siguro ako (my childhood barkada all came from this compound – may kapitbahay kaming bombay kaya nalaman ko na nagibilad sila ng mga pagkain nila sa araw tsaka may amoy na iba sa bahay -uuy di ako racist ha, bahay namin may amoy din pang Thailand amin amoy curry kami- tapos may neighbor kaming Espanol, hmm asan na si Ramon Machuka, mag google or FB search nga, sila Nancy, Oliver, Ruben, Sherington, Sherwin, Achi Annabelle, Cindy, Kim, Kent and their cousin Dodong am in touch with until now; si Ahia Mike & Steve mahahanap ko kasi pinsan ng kabarkada ko si Ramon unaccounted, sila Jessie yung landloard namin di namin ka barkada kasi rich sila Benz ba naman lahat ng kotse as in madami ha more than 3 na Benz yun aber!) pucha nag FB search ako at nahanao ko ng si Ramon..tignan mo nga naman. Kamusta kaya sister niyang pretty na si Potpot?

if I am correct Rizal Theater ito, Nasa Makati likod ng Rustan’s where 6750 is located now. Tama ba mga oldies?

ito sure ako Makati ito sa Goldcrest yan, tambay ako dito noon habang nagtatao sa fastfood nanay ko at auntie ko

tambay nga kami sa Makati naniniwala na ba kayo?

kung hindi ito ang isa pang proof. maniwala na kayo or dadagdagan ko ito!

I think mahuhulaan ng lahat anong hotel ito. Ilalim nito ay Spirals na ngayon.

if tama ako ito yung labas na part nung hotel sa itaas.

Paco Park right?

ang ganda nung clock na ito, asan na kaya? (Philippine Airport kaya ito?)

ito sure ako dito sa Pilipinas itong airport na ito, may mumu na kaya noon pa?

siya yung pag nag abroad may maleta angΒ  mgamake up niya, and kung tulungan ng pagbuhat ang usapan unang una akong kukuha nito pinaka magaan eh hahaha wais ito. andun pa yata itong make up bag sa bahay eh

itong place na ito vivid sa utak ko, malapit lang ito sa bahay namin sa Roxas Blvd ito (Dewey pa nun) but di ko alam ano siya, please help if anybody know this place. Ang dalas dalas namin dito pero di ko maalala anong place siya.

ganito mga pictures namin for a time noon, promo siguro ng Kodak

o-ha! kaya niyo yan?

naman na waistline yan!

alam ko sa barko ito at natulog kami dito pero ewan ko din bakit or ano ano napuntahan namin? Corregidor ba? Sana may nakaka-alam, share naman. yeah yeah yeah alam ko naman and yes mahal na mahal ko tatay ko pero sana nanay ko ka-carbon copy ko *sigh* wish lang naman

sa Luneta yan, ewan ko din ba anong ginagawa namin dis oras ng gabi doon at ganyan ang outfit! kaloka!

eto na, ito yung kontrabida sa buhay ko. siya yung nanay ng housemate namin ngayon (auntie ko siya bunsong kapatid ng mommy ko, sampu lang naman sila) naku di umuubra lahat ng drama ko dito sa auntie ko, nagrolyo na ako sa Luneta kaiiyak para lang sa lobo kaso iniwan lang nila ako so ayaw ko naman maiwan dun, eh di end ng drama tayo ako at sabay habol, pero nagmamaktol ha di pa ako tapos um-emote eh. pero syempre bati na kami ngayon pero takot pa din ako sa kanya! Talagang what goes around comes around, siya nagasikaso sa amin nung time na busy busyhan na nanay ko, now my turn naman to take care of her kid, then si Unca Maimai I suppose will watch out for Kite & Laya eventually din.

ito help din, ang dalas namin dito, asan ba ito?

ang fresh ng fez noh? kainis di pinasa ang genes sa akin hmpph

maski naka maong ang ganda pa din di siya casual looking pag maganda ka pumorma, that’s my younger brother

ikaw kaya mo icarry and red pantsuit? wala ka sa lolo ko!

di pa uso animal rights nun! hula ko kaya ganito ang pose niya kasi show off niya new nose niya ssshhh secret yun!

Nanay ko pa din ang pinaka vain na tao sa lahat ng nakilala ko wala pang tatalo sa kanya promise! Siya yung wala akong pakialam kung gaano kasakit basta maganda kayang kaya yan, tiis ganda ang motto sa buhay! Dahil sa kanyang vanity naka dalawang trip ako to Japan nung bata pa ako, dun pa siya nagpa enhance eh, wala pa kasi dito.Β  Yung vanity niya? Accepted na namin yung, no issue at all, actually siya may issue kasi di kami ganoon, galit yan sa amin kasi di kami willing uminom ng kung ano anong mapapait na gamot/sabaw pangpaganda ng skin at ano ano pa. Yeah di ko natutuhan yung mag-ayos ayos but kung may natutuhan ako from my mom it is how she is such a dear person to all her friends and I want that for my kids too. Yung love ng friends niya sa kanya dahil sa tulong na nabigay niya or dahil sa asikaso niya or dahil sa luto niya walang papantay. I saw how good her friends treat us dahil lang sa lahat ng nagawa ng mom ko for them and yan goal ko talaga yan to spread good while I am alive so I know people will make sure my kids are ok if something happens to us. And true ha, yung mga tinulungan niya when she got plenty were there and were so loyal when she had none. She got very good friends talaga. Di ko na nga lang alam asan sila ngayon. I do wish I made effort and learned Chinese para nacontinue ko yung communication with them. Oh well.

O nahiya ako 25 pictures lang ito. BUT when all the pictures nascan na nung pinapag scan-an ko (thanks Maan for telling me Jhen does it) di ko ma promise wala itong part 2!

I love you mommy!

ps. hay ang tagal in the making ng blog post na ito… pag scan lang ilang gabi na, tapos ihiwa-hiwalayin yung mga pictures ilang araw din, pag pili ng pictures ay sus… eniwey, but na lang isa lang nanay ko. Abangan ninyo din yung next post ko, ako naman bida doon!

Personalized Gifts

August 12, 2011 § 14 Comments

I so love receiving personalized gift.

(lucky me for having friends who always send such).

Sharing them here, mag ‘ber’ months na at malapit na ang Christmas.

Here are gifts that I gave away: (click on image to go to the website of maker)

The Write Impression gave us this memo pad as gift and the year after we gave it to friends naman. (by The Write Impression | photo by Alpha)

Personalized fans with Logo

I loved having my own name in my fan. Luckily, Didda Abet‘s hometown is Lumban, the land of Barong.Β  He got a lot of relatives there who can help us source and order these fans. So last Christmas 2008, this is what we gave away, then again last year to the some other friends. Now our nephew in Lumban is our go-to guy if there’s order for this. He found the source and can handle orders na if may bulk orders.

Personalized Picture Frame

Gave this away to kids of our friends last 2008. Was actually hoping the makers still make them coz some of my friends got new kids na but they dont anymore daw 😦 boohoo

Memo pad with their handwriting

I had Kite ask her classmates write their name in a paper and then sent it to Noky to scan and place sa top ng memo pad. Perfect for first graders huh? Kite’s gift to her Grade 1 Classmates. (by Wink – Written in Ink)

Gift Cards

Gift Cards – gifts to Kite’s prep classmates πŸ™‚ (by The Write Impression)

Polymer Figures USB

We had this Kite USB made in Bangkok and we were so amazed.

When we saw Clay Creation here we showed her these and she added this as their line na since. For a year almost all our family & friends got this for gifts from us.

These are made na by Clay Creations. (by Clay Creations)

VCOP Officers Year 2008

This is Abet’s gift to his set of officers during his term as President of Vespa Club of the Philippines. Super aliw ako kasi pati yung color ng Vespa nila pinagaya namin. (by Clay Creation)

Maong Apron with Embroidery

My friend Yvonne (her gifts are always personalized) gave me one as gift and 2 years after ito na gift ko din sa friends ko. Love it πŸ™‚

Floor Tote

I met Lynlyn in a bazaar in Rockwell and ordered these floor totes from her last Christmas 2009.Β Β  (ordered from lynlyndy@yahoo.com)

Bag Tags

Kite’s gift to friends & classmate’s when she was in Kinder πŸ™‚ (by Tagz Inc.)


Ordered from a wedding supplier but she sold her business na. Gift ni Kite to her classmate sa Grade 2 farewell party.

This one is a marvelous idea kasi cost niya nasa P25 lang per pad. Erron Ocampo did all the illustrations in our 2011 W@W Desktop Calendar, aside from the illustrations on the cities he also made illustrations of Malacanan Palace, DOT Building and the Building where we stay for our message place. We found his illustration of our building too nice to just use once so I had this brilliant idea na gawing note pad and ipa print but syempre bida si Abet Rana his idea is brilliant-er izerox na lang para mas mura at mas madaling gawin. Ayun we printed it sa isang bond paper, per bond paper 4 na memo pad ng kasya, we place each name of the recipient (lahat ng kapit bahay namin na alam namin ang name ginawan namin, meron pang lobby guard, sa akin lang I have Benz Rana, Mr & Mrs Rana, Bennette Rana). Tapos pina-photocopy sa Copylandia 50 sheets per pad then pina cut ko and pina pad na lang sa Kenstar Graphics, printing press where all our printed materials are done. Ito super galing talaga. I love I love! Thanks Erron!

Picture Bag

We used to order A LOT of picture bags sa ibang supplier and they used tarp printing lang, when my sister in law Ellen who’s based in Aus said gusto niya pagawa ng picture bag ulit hinanap ko number ni tarp bag maker kaso di ko na mahanap kasi ilang years ago na yun. Then I remembered seeing this sa wall ni Charisse of Print Diva ayun this bag is a lot nicer kasi the picture is printed sa tela and maganda yung printing niya. Medyo matagal lang ang order so allot 3-4 weeks for order. Happy with this discovery!

Now here are the gifts we received naman na I love:

Notebook na may name na sa labas may name pa sa bawat page from The Write Impression

from Clarice made by Tisha

bag organizer na malaking malaki from Yvonne ulit

toiletry kit na his & hers from Willin/Beabi

kikay bag for Kite & Laya from Yvonne

Will keep adding if I see more. Sige if may maganda kayong gift bigyan niyo ako hahaha!

Laya’s Birthday Party Pictorial

August 11, 2011 § 4 Comments

Our baby Laya turned 1 last March and instead of having a big birthday party we had pocket celebrations and a birthday pictorial.Β  The pocket parties were planned, we started with a family dinner (just people in our house), a family dinner (all of Didda’s side) and another party in Australia where we spent the summer.Β  The pictorial on the other hand wasn’t planned it just fell into place.Β  We had quarterly shoot with The Stork Studio and on her 9th month Sofia suggested an outdoor shoot but we were not ready for it so we had it inside the studio, but on our way home after the 9th month shoot, John said we can do outdoors the next time and just prepare a small table for four and have a small cake so we’d have a birthday themed pictorial since it will be her 12th month. That was my ‘aha’ moment and it turned into one big production number as soon as we got a nod from Teddy Manuel.

Please read more about the party, the suppliers involved and etc at W@W’s Blog or Didda Abet’s Blog or Mommy Manila’s Blog and please watch the video at Threelogy’s Blog shots from shoot of Phoeben Teocson Cinema πŸ™‚

Am here to brag lang that the party is included in Smart Parenting’s Aug 2011 Issue on Party Special

click to enlarge

We didn’t really plan this pictorial to be a full blown party pictorial but it turned that way and we are so happy. So happy that I would even recommend this to all, both those who intend to throw a big party and to those who don’t.

Why I like it?

1. We didnt spend a fortune throwing a party for her.

2. She didnt need to endure a party she wont remember yet we have party pictures for her to enjoy when she grow old.

3. We got a LOT of pretty family pictures. We always miss having family pictures during our parties because we are all busy entertaining our own guests and when we do get some snapshot they are hurried.

4. We got to do dream set up we wouldn’t be able to afford for an actual party.

5. It is so damn fun! We were just busy looking good and having fun, no guest to care for and no program to follow!

Oh I super suggest this to other families! Now if I can just convince Kite to not celebrate her debut haha!