Thursday, December 22, 2016

Relax, Eat, and Enjoy a Cup of Coffee At Cuddle Cup Cafe


Mornings are never complete without coffee.

Grab a cup on the way to wherever I will be going, brew something at home, or simply visit my fave coffee shop and enjoy a sip or two while people watch are just some of the things I am sure I will not get tired of doing over and over again. Why? Because no matter where or how, drinking coffee is a way of life for me now (Honestly, I do not remember when this addiction of coffee even started. Hehe).


When my family moved back to the South late this year, we sure are missing a lot of coffee shops we frequented in Pampanga. Good thing there’s a new cafe in town that was able to capture our taste and serves excellent pesto pasta, not to mention that this is located just few minutes away from home – Cuddle Cup Cafe. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Make Your Culinary Dream a Reality at Global Culinary & Hospitality Academy


It’s been a while.

How are you? Hope you’re all doing okay.

It has been months since I last posted something on the blog. I know lines like “I am busy” was used, most of the time, by people who’ve been M.I.A. Me? Well, let’s just say that I’ve enjoyed the life of being offline. Less drama, more quality time with the people who matter most, my family.

Speaking of family, mine loves to eat. We like to try new dishes or do food trip especially when going out-of-town. When we’re at home, I make sure to serve their favorite viands. The only challenge for me though, is that I am not quite knowledgeable in preparing desserts. I would normally end up buying cakes and ice cream in nearby store. Since my husband and daughter both have sweet tooth, I would really want to know how to make yummy treats from scratch.

Now, can you imagine my excitement when I received an invite to take a short pastry course at Global Culinary and Hospitality Academy? Hihi!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps

Davao is home to the Philippine eagle, mangosteen, and durian. But since 2013, it has also become the home base of Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps considered as one of the best homegrown casual-dining restaurants in Davao.

Diners come in droves to Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps for its unconventional and informal dining style and an interior inspired by the look and feel of a fisherman’s wharf.  A fisherman’s wharf is the place where fisherfolks converge and one of the most famous examples of this is the fishereman’s wharf in San Francisco, California which has been redeveloped into a tourist attraction.

Hansel and Gretel

Last week, my family and I were invited to watch Hansel and Gretel, a recent production of Repertory Philippines. My daughter’s face lit up whenever the actors, especially the kids, sing. At some parts of the play, they even let the audience participate.

When you go to see a Repertory Theater for Young Audiences (RTYA) offering, you are treated to whimsically enchanting costumes, an enjoyable story with value-added life lessons, exuberant music, entrancing sets and lights, enthusiastic performances by excellent actors and an all-around entertaining time! The actors and audiences have so much fun that everything is made to look so simple… so easy.

It is not!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Ready, Tech, Go!

Have you been dreaming of upgrading your gadgets, or simply wanting to add functional appliances into your home but are having second-thought because it’s a bit pricey?

Fret no more because the thirty-one straight days of August this year, there will be a nationwide dropdown of price of the latest and greatest gadgets, electronics, and home appliances at all SM SuperMalls.

August is SM CyberMonth!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

#PRT2016 : Pampanga Restaurant Tour 2016


23-months’ stay (in Pampanga) in a nut shell: Eat, eat, eat, and eat. Hahaha! Kiddin’ aside, Pampanga has been good to my family, and for being true to its reputation – being the country’s culinary capital, eating has been THE #1 activity of ours. And speaking of eating, let me share with you what transpired in the recently concluded Pampanga Restaurant Tour 2016 last July 30-31, (which I’m part of for 2 consecutive years now. Yay!) organized by Pampanga Bloggers Society.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Status Hair Salon is now in Cavite

During my younger years, I’ve maintained a long, straight (sometimes, wavy, when I am having a bad hair day.lol) hair. But in the past 3 years, I somehow became bolder, (when it comes to hairstyles). I’ve cut my hair short, shaggy, added bangs but never ever let someone color or dye my hair... until I visited a salon, which now has a branch in Cavite... Status Hair Salon. 

Friday, July 29, 2016

EAT.PLAY.LOVE. at Champions CAVITE

 If you’re following my blog, you will notice that I have been in a couple of restaurants up north and in the Metro. But there is a different kind of high when it is your hometown, you’re exploring.

Last weekend, I was fortunate to be invited by the owners of Champions Sports Bar and Restaurant (Big Shout out to Louise of LouisechelleBlog.com for organizing the meet-up).

I, together with co-blogger friends who are also Cavite-based, met at the famous fast-food chain located in Pala Pala. Then at around 11 in the morning, we transferred to a different branch (but of the same fast-food chain), this time in Gen. Trias, closer to where we will be having lunch.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

BatangLampara, BatangKuwentista: Lampara Storytelling Competition 2016

Now on its 5th year, the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) and Lampara Publishing House are once again hosting the "BatangLampara, BatangKwentista", a storytelling competition with creative workshops designed to enhance the participants’ storytelling and performance skills.

Register now to begin a fun journey of learning, self-discovery and the exciting process of story-telling to regale audiences with some of the most loved and value-laden children’s tales!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

RAK OF AEGIS: The Show that will RAK your World

Photo Credit: Peta

“Akala ko ikaw ay akin? Totoo sa aking paningin! Ngunit ng ikaw ay yakapin, naglalaho sa dilim...”

“Heto ako basang basa sa ulan! Walang masisilungan... walang malalapitan...”

Who wouldn’t recognize timeless songs of Aegis? Those #hugot songs that anyone (young and old) can relate to. Now, just imagine their best hits in one musical show? Exciting, eh?!

The Philippine Educational Theater Association or PETA , invited my husband and I to watch one of PETA’s star-studded, and one of their most anticipated musical shows – RAK OF AEGIS.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Eiga Sai 2016

Last June 7th, I, together with my +1 Hubby, got invited and witnessed the Eiga Sai Press Screening at Shang Cineplex. Thank you for this opportunity. 

What is EIGA SAI?

Eiga Sai is the Japanese Film Festival held annually in July and is presented and run by Japan Foundation. This is in celebration of the Philippines-Japan Friendship month. Launched in 1997, EIGASAI has grown to be one of the largest and popular film festivals in the country, showcasing a vast variety of cinematic delights from drama, anime, romance to recently released films in Japan. 

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Alviera Go Play: World’s First Game Show-Inspired Playground

Alviera, the township development rising in Porac, Pampanga plays host to the first game show-styled playground in the world. Experience outdoor fun and wacky games inspired by hit TV shows like Takeshi’s Castle, Wipeout, and Gladiators in a one-day summer festival.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Culinary Delight at Bridal Expo Filipino

Hello, June!

June is said to be the most popular month to marry. The word “June” is derived from Juno, the goddess who is the protector of women in all aspects of life, especially in marriage and childbearing. This is why a wedding that falls on this month is considered auspicious.

That being said, I will share with you my experience when I attended the Bridal Expo Filipino held at SM Pampanga. It was organized by one of the respected names in the industry, Mr. Ignacio Caluyo of Philtrade Exhibits.  

Friday, May 27, 2016

5 Ways to Bond With Your Kids Before Summer Ends


PRESS RELEASE:

Summer is about to close as the month of June drums nearer. We have had our little ones at home for almost two months, but have we really made most of our time with them? With the many things that we need to do at home and in the workplace, we often sacrifice time spent with our children. Now is the best opportunity to start creating wonderful memories that they can look back to once the school starts. Whether you want to make up for the days you were too busy or simply cap off the summer on a good note, there’s still activities available for you and your kids to enjoy. Break free from the usual trips to the mall and try these five activities instead.

1.       Watch a theater show!
In a world of video streaming and smartphones, it is rare to see children not glued to their gadgets. Introduce them to other forms of entertainment like live theater. Just make sure that you choose a show that is child-friendly. Look for youthful and energetic productions that also teach golden values through the story. A good example of this is PETA’s MgaKuwento Ni Lola Basyang! The play is like a fairytale book that has come to life as Lola Basyang shares stories of magical spells, kings and their kingdoms. Without a doubt, you’ll enjoy it too!

Monday, April 4, 2016

PAMPANGA RESTAURANT: Sab Bistro

Looking for a place to dine in San Fernando, Pampanga? Why not try Sab Bistro?

Sab Bistro is the brainchild of a young chef, Chef Saira Yap. From the interior to the food choices, all were conceptualized by her. And speaking of food, according to her, items on their menu are mixture of some of her favorite dishes and acquired recipes while studying abroad. 

PAMPANGA RESTAURANT: Susie's Cuisine

 If you plan on visiting Pampanga any time soon, the best place to buy pasalubong or to try authentic Kapampangan kakanin, I highly suggest Susie’s Cuisine.

PAMPANGA RESTAURANT: Bif's Smoke and Grill

When Chef Will mentioned that Pampanga Bloggers will visit Bif’s, my fellow blogger/friends Resa and Marrien were excited! Why? You may want to visit this link before reading this second post of mine about the said restaurant. 

Done reading my previous post about Bif’s? Are you ready for more? You are about to see more mouth-watering dishes from this resto. 

Again,you’ve been warned! Hihi!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

PAMPANGA RESTAURANT: Mother's Cake House
















 If there is one thing that will make me truly happy.... it’s chocolate.


When Pampanga Bloggers were invited to try home-cooked goodies of Mother’s Cake House, located in Balibago, Angeles, everyone was ecstatic.

Mother’s Cake House is a family-owned business of Sir Pocholo Flores. Their specialties are mouth-watering desserts, pastries, and cakes.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

PAMPANGA RESTAURANT: K Cafe in Angeles City

 If I were to choose which Pampanga-based restaurant I want my family and friends to try, I’d say, K Cafe will be one of my top choices. This restaurant is owned by Chef Caren Kwong and is conveniently located at Nepo Quad, Angeles City. 

Saturday, March 5, 2016

#PETASUMMERPROGRAM 2016 and #3StarsAndASun Experience


Last week, I was thrilled to receive an invite to join the first ever PETA Media and Bloggers Tour.

What is PETA?

“Founded in 1967 by Cecile-Guidote Alvarez, the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) is an organization of creative and critical artist-teacher-cultural workers committed to artistic excellence and a people’s culture that fosters both personal fulfillment and social transformation. It roots its foundation in the use of theater that is distinctly Filipino as a tool for social change and development”.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Almost, Maine at REP

"Mythical... sometimes fantastical” 

These are the words that director Bart Guingona used to describe Repertory Philippines’ new production “Almost, Maine” which opened at the Onstage Theater in Greenbelt 1 last February 19. Set in an imaginary town of Almost in the state of Maine, USA, nine unusual love stories unfold.  Four actors play the different characters of each story.  

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

#LAMUDIPH 2016 Media Appreciation Night

Last Wednesday, I, together with fellow bloggers, attended Lamudi’s Media Kick-Off Party at Prohibition Lounge in Greenbelt 3, Makati. 

It started with welcome drinks (non alcoholic, like mango juice). Then they prepared a sumptuous meal for all of us. After that, there’d been a short talk coming from the founders of Lamudi.

What is Lamudi?

#MOMSAYSTHANKS : New Blog, New Beginning

Few days ago (well, Feb 17, 2016 to be exact), my mom and lifestyle blog www.honeys-haven.blogspot.com was changed to www.mommydonna.com. (Yay! My own domain!) There will be slight changes on the niche and I will try my best to stick with it. Hehe!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

REALTALK About That So Called Love (And a Great Place Where You Can #ShareDifferent about Love)

Since it’s the love month, let me share some random thoughts about that so called LOVE. I am no expert. I chose this topic because I do not normally discuss love in detail nor give an opinion about relationships, in general, on my blog or to any of my social media accounts because I am a bit scared that some people might get offended by what I am about to say. This "idea" of sharing different, came from a new found friend of mine, Irene of Veems because according to her - "The Internet and social media are supposed to be places where we can explore our ideas freely in the first place". For the sake to #ShareDifferent, here it is:

Friday, February 5, 2016

Aqtiv Archery: Country's 1st Archery Challenge Maze

30th of January, 2016, was such a memorable day for me. This was when blogger friends and I experienced a day of fun under the sun in Sandbox, Porac, Pampanga.

I, (together with my family), have been living in Pampanga for a year now (is it?? whew, how time flies so fast!) and I must say that this place has A LOT to offer, from exceptional food trips to excellent recreational spots. And here’s the latest addition: AQTIV ARCHERY by Oculus.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Tio Julian's Entra'nte Catering

Last Friday, 29th of January, 2016, I attended the relaunch of Tio Julian’s Entra’nte Catering in San Fernando, Pampanga.

Its founder, Mr. Julian Bautista Manahan, is a San Mateo, Rizal native. His love for good food was passed on and shared by his sons. Dr. Jorge S. Manahan D.V.M., the registered owner, took culinary arts at the International School for Culinary Arts and Hotel Management in Manila to enhance his knowledge and skills in the craft he is passionate about, while Mr. Jonas Manahan, who’s currently the one in charge of the operation, had extensive culinary trainings locally, and in Germany. While residing in Dublin, Ireland, he furthered his skills by enrolling in various culinary courses.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

BigBag Fresh: Grocery shopping made easy



As a mom, one of the things that’s taking up my time is grocery shopping. Though we are close to the mall, there are instances that I’d rather stay at home and finish all the household chores or tend to my toddler.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The National Digital Arts Awards 2015

15 January, 2016. The National Digital Arts Awards (NDAA), launched by Globaltronics, Inc., is the biggest award-giving body that honors the Philippines' top digital artists, held its 3rd NDAA Awarding Concert at the Newport Performing Arts Theatre.

“The NDAA seeks not only to recognize the talents of the artists but also to showcase the capabilities of the local digital art community. Globaltronics sees the potential of homegrown artists and the company believes that given the chance, Filipino talent can excel globally”. Source - NDAA Page

Not Your Typical New Year Post

Happy New Year! (Yup! It's never too late to say Happy New Year). 

I know, in a couple of days, January is over. How's your 2016 so far? Hope everything is going well in your life. 

As for me, hmm.. My family had a great New Year celebration but days after that, let's just say that it was not a favorable start. But I do not want to dwell on it too much. I know God has bigger plans for me and my family. 

And He never fails to amaze me.

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