Raix has always been fascinated with cooking. As a toddler I found it odd that he wants to play with her sisters’ old kitchen playset. He pretends to be a chef in a restaurant and loves to do cut and cook. I remember when he was 4 years old, I allowed him to help me bake his dad’s birthday cake. I can’t forget how happy he was especially when mixing the ingredients.
Last May 3, 2019, we were so happy to be part of the Kid’s Kitchen Camp held at the 28th floor Kitchen Studio of the Makati Diamond Residences. This was organized by the San Miguel Pure Foods (SMPF) Culinary Center in collaboration with Makati Diamond Residences.
On its 24″ year, the annual activity of SMPF Culinary Center aims to instill love and appreciation for food and cooking while introducing various SMPF products that can help in preparation ease and enhance skills of young budding cooking enthusiasts. “If kids are much more involved in food preparation, then they truly get encouraged to eat more, which promote: good nutrition, plus they learn cooking early, a very important life skill” says Llena Tan-Arcenas, the Culinary Services Manager of San Miguel Pure Foods.
This year, our little chefs were taught how to prepare 5 scrumptious yet kid-friendly recipes.
The fun and talented chefs of SMPF Culinary Center under the supervision of Pamela ‘chef Pam‘ Obieta together with MDR chefs conducted the event.
Thank you so much to San Miguel Pure Foods Culinary Center for this wonderful cooking experience. My son can’t wait to try all the receipes at home.
Last November 30, 2018, the lakwatsera tandem of Mommy V & Raix went to Ayala Malls Solenad Nuvali, to witness and be part of Del Monte’s early Christmas treat.
Del Monte Spaghetti Sauces treated families to an excitingly different spaghetti experience by sampling all five of their delicious spaghetti sauce flavors in their Del Monte “Spag Sarap Squad Headquarters” – Carbonara, Italian, Sweet, Filipino, and their newest flavor, Creamy and Cheesy.
These flavors came to life through the Del Monte Spag Sarap Squad heroes whose mission is to save the day with delicious spaghetti. The squad – Carlo Carbonara, Taliana, Sweetie, Ino Filipino and Chessy, interacted with the audience and hosted fun games to help them experience the variety of delicious flavors – Sweet Style, made with 100% naturally sweet California tomatoes is everyone’s yummy childhood favorite; Filipino Style is a levelled up sweet sauce because it’s also meaty and cheesy; Italian Style is a tomato-ey sauce with basil, oregano and parmesan cheese for that authentic Italian taste; Carbonara, an up & coming comfort food favorite for resto-going yuppies as its made of real cream and milk; and lastly, Creamy and Cheesy – an “extra fun” sauce because of the extra cream and cheese in it!
There were also Instagram-worthy displays and an Augmented Reality photo booth that would allow anyone to instantly become a member of the Del Monte Spag Sarap Squad. To top that, the squad saved the day by giving out a whopping 5 spaghetti samples for each attendee so that they can try all the delicious flavors of Del Monte Spaghetti Sauce and discover a new favorite!
Spaghetti definitely became more exciting with the different Spaghetti possibilities that anyone can create for family and friends with the 5 delicious flavors that Del Monte Spaghetti Sauce has! For delicious Spaghetti Sauce recipes, visit www.lifegetsbetter.ph !
All five Del Monte Spaghetti Sauce flavors are sold in leading supermarkets and groceries nationwide.
Save the day with Delicious, Save the day with Del Monte!
Last December 2, I decided to give hair coloring a try. I really don’t want anything to do with my hair except cut it short. My hair has always been a virgin when it comes to hair coloring, rebonding, etc. It experienced totally nothing. (Sounds boring??? Hehe)
As I am very much “afraid” of having to put chemicals to my hair, I checked what makes Novelina an exception among the rest. I am not familiar with the Novelina cosmetics, aside from haircare products would you believe it also has skincare products too?
For the HAIRCARE, they have 2 kinds of hair colors. The Novelina Zeelke Cream Hair Color with KERATIN and Zeelke HERBAL Cream Hair Color. Yes ladies! Herbal hair color is available. This may be used by those who are sensitive to harsh chemicals especially on their scalp. While Novelina with KERATIN gives your hair that shiny look and emphasizes your hair color.
They have 8 color variations to choose from, Natutal Black, Asian Black, Dark Brown, Brown, Chestnut Brown, Golden Brown, Crimson Red and Burgundy.
For me I chose the one with Keratin. Why? Since I have normal hair, I thought adding color into it will make my hair cry. So maybe it won’t get dry if I chose the one with Keratin. 🙂
When I arrived at their stall at Cash & Carry Makati, I was greeted by one of their staff while she was busy washing another customer’s hair. She let me had a seat first until she is done with her first customer. Once done, it’s my turn. 😀 I was really confused on which color to apply to my hair. I don’t think that Red would be nice since of my morena complexion. I was to go with Burgundy but their friendly staff, Miss Jo, suggested me using the Chestnut Brown since my hair is very black. Burgundy won’t be noticed on my hair unlike chestnut brown. And so coloring begins. I was really excited on what the outcome would be, and posted pics and short videos on my IG Story.
The hair color application was easy. For my hair length she used 2 boxes. What’s cute is that each box comes with a little brush. 🙂 I wasn’t able to take a picture of it. After the application they have me waited for 45 minutes before rinsing it. I enjoyed rinsing time though. 🙂 I was worried there would be visible hair color on my forehead and scalp but there were none.
Now is your turn to give your hair a twist and try different hair color. Novelina is giving FREE APPLICATION with a single purchase of hair color. Head on over to Cash & Carry Makati 2nd floor Department Store (near cinemas). Catch them until December 28, 2018. I’d love to see your hair transformations. 🙂
Last October 2017, I got invited by Nailaholics Salon and Spa to join their second year anniversary of National Pampering Day. As I have heard, their introduction last 2016 was a huge success. That is why I grabbed the chance to join them on their 2nd year. It would also be a great opportunity to bond with my girls.
The branch closest to us is the one at Glorietta, Makati City. My girls and I came in just in time and there are no long lines yet. We were greeted by their friendly staff and was introduced to the services they are offering. There are packages for hand care, foot care and all-in packages like the Lush Lagoon, Color my Cabana and a lot more. They also offer nail extension, nail art, eyelash extension, threading and waxing.
As of writing, I already forgot the package I chose but I have them do both, hand and foot care. For my girls, they got to experience the free service offered by Nailaholics for the National Pampering Day, they chose the soothing manicure.
For the VENUE – it was very relaxing and peaceful, clean and well ventilated.
For the STAFF – they were very friendly and accommodating, especially the nail technicians. The salon is prepared for their big event, they have enough number of manpower to render services to customers as the count goes high.
For their SERVICE – they gave us our well-deserved pampering though I think they can do more. I felt they are slightly in a hurry, maybe because it’s past lunch time already.
You may check out our short video to see a glimpse of what happens during Nailaholics’ National Pampering Day.
Our over-all experience was a blast! Our mother-daughters bonding time was superb! We couldn’t have thought of anywhere to get pampered and have fun than in Nailaholics Salon and Spa. We hope to get invited again on their 3rd year anniversary.
Acts of Kindness Hosts Art Exhibit Benefiting Smile Train, the World’s Leading Cleft Charity
On July 19, Acts of Kindness and Solaire Resorts and Casino unveiled, “A Celebration of Smiles: Creating smiles and second chances at life through art,” an art exhibit benefiting Smile Train, the world’s leading cleft charity. The exhibit is being held at Solaire’s The Shoppes Artway.
The exhibit features artwork by local and international artists, and some of Smile Train’s former cleft patients. The artwork will be available for sale until September 2 and will help raise funds and awareness for children with clefts in the Philippines.
“We are grateful that Acts of Kindness is hosting this art exhibit to help raise awareness for Smile Train and our local programs here in the Philippines. Through this initiative, not only is Acts of Kindness able to showcase local and international talent, they are also able to help create a brighter future for children born with clefts,” said Kimmy Coseteng-Flaviano, Area Director for Smile Train in Southeast Asia.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Smile Train to help fund various local programs to provide free cleft surgery and comprehensive cleft care for Filipinos.
The art exhibit showcases pieces from Roberto Sanchez, a DJ and entrepreneur by trade, but creatively a self-taught artist. Sanchez works are primarily expressionistic, dramatic portraits replete with distorted, thick lines and incongruous forming gnarly surfaces of painted faces.
This artist duly approaches his paintings with a process that aims to capture the essence of the portrait subjects. While he technically addresses physicality and form, he is keenly interested to understand and capture in his canvas real presences from his subjects.
He takes particular cue with the eyes which for him spells and define the character of the subjects. And even if the frames are still unfinished, they already evoke such entrancing stillness, energies, and completeness. They have the ability to charm and confuse.
Sanchez finds affirmation when his painted subjects find themselves in his works as they connect with their painted likeness in canvas.
Jon Ray Fernandez is an airline professional turned mixed media artist. A self-taught visual artist, Fernandez started off with zero art education since it never occurred to him that art could possibly be a career.
Originally from Bacolod City, he left the country to travel the world. After being based in London and the Middle East for a number of years, he came back to the Philippines in 2015 with plans to continue his aviation career. Eventually, he stumbled upon the world of art and there found his true calling.
As a visual artist, his main objective is to bring beauty and fun back into local art. He started posting his works on social media, gaining a fan base around the globe. With Pedro Almodovar, muse Rosie De Palma, and actress Emmanuele Beart admiring his works, this led to patrons buying his pieces. Camy Cabral, a full-time artist with a background in design and advertising; and Albrecht Behmel, an award-winning artist and best-selling writer whose works have been shown in Paris, Beijing, New York, Moscow and London. Despite coming from different backgrounds with different styles of artwork, these artists came together to offer their pieces all for a good cause.
Apart from the seasoned artists, some of the artwork is from Smile Train’s former cleft patients including: Julia Robert Capili, Angel Ibo, Pearl Angeli Miranda, Jervy Hobo and Nickson Cabote. Having interacted with the guests, these individuals have shown how far they’ve come since their initial cleft surgery.
“We hope that we can continue to raise awareness for children with clefts in the Philippines and all over the world through these small acts of kindness,” says Flaviano. “We want to continue to spread smiles and encourage others to do the same.”
For more information about Smile Train’s global efforts and to make a donation, please visit smiletrain.org. Follow Smile Train Philippines on Twitter and Instagram @SmileTrainPh, and like us on Facebook at @SmileTrainPhilippines.
This 2018, Father’s Day was extra special. Our much awaited Disney Pixar movie is finally showing in cinemas! 🙂
Yes! Our family is a BIG FAN of The Incredibles Movie. It was in 2014 when it was released by Disney Pixar Movies. From then on we kept on waiting for it’s part 2.
We were all excited when finally it is here. The Incredibles Movie II is showing here in the Philippines and on Fathers’ Day! Woohoo!!! Guess daddy will treat us on his special day. 😉
And to make it extra exciting, my son and I got an exclusive invite to The Incredibles 2 Media Launch. It was held at S’Maison at Conrad Manila. Upon our arrival at the mall we were greeted by this large logo of The Incredibles.
While inside are fun activities for the kids. You can collect balloons in the Violet Force Field Booth. Test your speed in Dash’s Timed Obstacle. Feel the rush, jump and fly at Elastigirl’s Trampoline Area and show off your creativity with Mr. Incredible’s logo builder by Nutri-Asia’s Papa Catsup.
Not only that. Raix and I got the chance to watch it’s premiere. Call it luck, back-to-back. 🙂 It’s premiere was at SM Aura, IMAX Theater at Bonifacio Global City. The day of the premiere was a rainy one, in fact there was a storm. But it didn’t stop us from watching it. I decided to grab the opportunity to accept the invitation to join the premiere even if we planned to watch it together with our fam, because being invited to a Disney Pixar Movie premiere was totally wicked. Haha.
As expected it was worth the 14 years of wait. So my son and I went home and kept the excitement to ourselves so as not to spoil his sisters and daddy. We were very silent about it for about 5 days. Imagine how we did that? Especially with my very “madaldal” son. He can actually talk non-stop while watching a full movie. 😀
Then came Father’s Day. Everybody’s excited! My youngest sister even tagged along. The greatest challenge for Raix was to keep quiet while inside the cinema and not to mention what would happen next. Hahaha. And would you believe that for the first time he was not a spoiler. 😀 It was one unforgettable Fathers’ Day for our family. We can’t wait for part 3.