Let me pause for a while to give appreciation to the kind of love my husband and I share to thi...

The Best Kind of Love



Let me pause for a while to give appreciation to the kind of love my husband and I share to this day.



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There's no stopping time. I now have a Grade 11, which if Kto12 curriculum was not impleme...

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There's no stopping time.

I now have a Grade 11, which if Kto12 curriculum was not implemented, would be in freshman college.

But Gabo is enjoying himself. Every day when he comes home from UST, he is always in high spirits. Tired from the commute perhaps, but always has nice things to share about what transpired during the day.

I like what UST did during the first week. The school gave them an orientation about being a Thomasian (already asked to know by heart the school hymn and the vision-mission, lol!), touring them around the campus called campus walk, then taught them the UAAP cheer. I don't know if this is customary, but that week-long orientation somehow implanted in the new students an appreciation, if not love, for the new school. That's what happened to him.

Even if he has to wake up as early as 4:30am because he has class at 7am and has to travel from Paranaque to Manila, he doesn't mind. He is always excited to go to school.

Well I know him. Gabo since he started schooling never wanted to miss school, never even wanted to be late in any school or other activities. I remember him crying when the school bus was late in getting him. He would be agitated and fidgety and would be waiting at the guard house. He would be mad at us if we are running late. He HATES being late!

And he is one who always wants to  be part of the action,  ha ha! Kanino kaya nagmana ito?

One time last week, he sent me and his father a message if he can already run for the student council. We texted back right away, "not yet!" We tell him studies come first now. Second is basketball or sports organizations, then perhaps leadership orgs. When he came home that day, he said, he would have won a place in the council! Oh my!

This week, they have started with their classes. He has good stories being that he is already making a good impression on his teachers. We are happy.  

Now, I'll treat you, Gab, like someone going off to college as you are now in university, and so go with these words:

1. Go with our trust. I remember these are the only words my parents send me off with when I left for college. I was a wide-eyed, protected and uncertain, even scared teener from the province  and going to the big city that is Manila. I lived in a dorm inside the campus and they ticked all the yes's in the contract. That is how much they trusted me. And that is how much your father and I will trust you. Whatever you decide to do, always think of our trust in you, and I pray you won't ever break it.

2. Take chances... prudently. In the past years, we've always told you to be careful, to not do this, to do only this. I hope you know the reasons for those yes's and no's. Now, we will let you slowly but carefully open your wings, flap them, and start to open them widely, and if you feel like it, fly!    

3. Carve your own path. You are in no way obligated to follow either of our footsteps. You have your dreams, pursue them. I know you will learn a lot about culture or religion, and may question some of your known beliefs and the status quo. We all go through that phase. But know that life with God is better than life without. May all our Sundays and every day when we hear mass or pray together make you hold on to that, especially when life's road goes rugged.

4. Bring the sun with you, but welcome the moon too. Don't expect life to be always kind and fair, but learn in every turn. Use the night to rest, to think, to pray so that you will always look forward to the morning. I remember my father saying that men are basically polygamous so that I won't see love and relationships with rose-colored glasses. For you are a man, don't ever hurt or use force on women. Live with love and respect. Make this your guidepost: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.

5. Remember home... always. No matter what you are doing, know that a simple text message or a call, means a lot to us. If you stumble or fail, know that you will always have a home to come home to anytime, and we will be there to help you stand and make you whole again.

6. Go with God and roar!

We love you!


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Why Marry Me at Marriott continues to be the Country’s Top Bridal Show I know a wedding is ...

Life Together Can Start with Marry Me at Marriott


Why Marry Me at Marriott continues to be the Country’s Top Bridal Show


I know a wedding is just one day, and a marriage is a lifetime. Still, a memorable wedding can begin your lifetime together.

At Marriott Hotel Manila, a wedding is not just a business. It’s a commitment. And like a gentleman who knows how to make a lady’s heart swoon, the recently held Marry Me at Marriott showed its guests why it continues to be the country’s top bridal show. Guests were dressed to the nines and left the event gushing over the fashion, the food, and all the important details fit for a magnificent wedding!

Why marrying your loved one at Marriott is all worth it

A grand venue for a grand happily ever after Its sheer size is not the only reason why it is grand. From its facade to its impressive interiors, the Marriott Grand Ballroom is arguably the modern castle for couples who prefer a grand happily ever after.



When guests ascended to the third floor, the hallway was lined with multi-tiered cakes, each one designed and carefully crafted by the hotel’s award-winning pastry chefs. Impressed by the well thought out design and craftsmanship, the visitors took photos then discussed why their chosen cake will not only be a centerpiece but also a conversation piece at the wedding reception.

Tasteful menu and table set up Cocktails were served and everyone enjoyed the refreshing beverages from Emperador Distillers and Happy Living Wines. When they followed Executive Chef Miek Brammer’s invitation to enter the country’s biggest ballroom, everyone walked into a room that seemed like a grand setting from a story book!



The floral arrangement of Michael Ruiz inspired guests of how the couple’s love bloomed. The white trees dazzled and on the long, immaculate white table are treats and savories that made guests happily eating and sharing to their heart’s content. 

The menu includes salmon tartar in squid ink crispy crepe, chicken liver in port wine jelly and apple compote, chicken dinakdakan in pandan wrap, and mini baked potato with crispy pancetta in sweet and sour cream. Orange vodka spears, quail eggs benedict, and prawn cocktail in wanton chips were also served. From the Live Station, plates were filled with: gambas with parsley rice (along with lemon butter sauce, bourbon sauce, pesto, and herb butter), mashed potato with organic vegetable, emmental cheese with german bread, and gelato. Delightful desserts were also offered such as matchamisu in white passion cone, white calamansi brownie, chocolate moeulleux tart, mango caramelito,  homemade marshmallows, chocolate pretzels, chocolate clusters, wedding cupcakes, macaron tower, fresh strawberries, pralines, and truffles.

Convenience of technology When the lights dimmed, the pillow lights on the ceiling played an astounding display of colors. It was complemented by a romantic background music. With Marriott Grand Ballroom’s Skyfold technology, the 300-feet runway was unveiled and guests happily sat on the modern bleachers which were set up for their comfortable vantage point.

Michelle Garcia in a Cary Santiago creation

Michelle Garcia, Marriott Manila’s Director of Marketing Communications, had this to say: To the gentlemen, don’t just say “Marry Me”. Complete it by saying “Marry Me at Marriott”. And to the ladies, you will not regret the day you said yes, because it’s the start of your grand happily ever after."

After the applause, General Manager Bruce Winton followed suit and revealed the exciting amenities of the soon-to-open West Wing. The short AVP made guests nod, assuring them of numerous ways of dining, staying, and celebrating at Marriott Manila.

Fourth bridal fashion, four world-class Filipino designers, and four gift certificates 

On its fourth year of Marry Me at Marriott, the wedding collection of world-class Filipino designers Mark Bumarger, Francis Libiran, Ryan Madamba, and Cary Santiago were presented to the guests. More than 50 bridal gowns and suits of the models made guests busy with their digital cameras and smartphones. Each wedding collection did not disappoint and the guests couldn’t help but discuss their favorites.


MARK BUMGARNER'S COLLECTION

Mark Bumgarger with muses Maxine Medina and Joey Mead


FRANCIS LIBIRAN'S COLLECTION

Francis Libiran with muses Kylie Versoza, Arci Munoz and Venus Raj


RYAN MADAMBA'S COLLECTION

LOVE the back detail!

Ryan Madamba with his muses


CARY SANTIAGO’S COLLECTION




To add to the already fun-filled evening, four people won an overnight stay. The way Marriott Manila thought of putting the pralines in cute parachutes with a note that they won is creative yet still classy.

Love is an experience that is meant to be celebrated. So if you want your dream come true of a grand happily ever after, call (02) 988-9999 or visit manilamarriott.com.

To join ongoing conversations, like Facebook.com/Marriotthotelmanila, follow @marriottmanila on Twitter, and @manilamarriott on Instagram.



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Now that summer is almost here, you may be thinking of a hosting a party on that most patriotic of h...

How was your July 4th party?

Now that summer is almost here, you may be thinking of a hosting a party on that most patriotic of holidays, the 4th of July. Whether barbecue, buffet, potluck, or picnic, keep the focus on the patriotic theme with your style and festivities. By combining great 4th of July music and games, red, white, and blue colored decor, and a safe fireworks display to end the night, you can throw a party your friends and family won’t forget.

Start off your 4th of July party right, with great, big patriotic music. Classic parade music, like the marches of John Phillip Sousa, set the tone. Play historical hits and well known songs like Yankee Doodle Dandy and Grand Old Flag. Don't forget to play the national anthem and encourage guests to sign along.



Keep your guests happy and having fun by providing some famous, American backyard games to play. A game like horseshoes is easy to set up and will remind your party guests of the old days, when the Declaration of Independence was signed. Better yet, play cornhole, which was invented here in the United States. Add cornhole lights, like those from Custom Cornhole, to keep the games going after sunset.

Obviously, you need to decorate your backyard party space with American flag themed decor. Start by hanging balloons and crepe paper in red, white, and blue and provide plates and napkins to match. Nothing says the 4th of July like an actual American flag, of course. In fact, over two-thirds of Americans report that they’ll fly a flag as part of their celebration this year.

Although fireworks are a long standing tradition for 4th of July parties, it’s important that you carefully prepare for your fireworks display. Before you begin, find out if your community will be holding its own public fireworks display. These are generally the best option, since they are much bigger and safer than what you can have at home. If not, research the local laws before you buy your fireworks. Don’t let children touch fireworks or get too close while you light them. Let your neighbors know about your plans, so that they can block the noise and keep in scared pets if necessary.

Invite friends and family to your 4th of July party and have a blast. A little planning surely will make your party an unforgettably patriotic one.

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Every Child Needs a Champion, #FLOTUS

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"... every child who needs a champion: kids who take the long way to school to avoid the gangs. Kids who wonder how they will ever afford college. Kids whose parents don't speak a word of English, but dream of a better life; who look to us to dream of what they can be."

Read the full transcript of Michelle Obama's speech at DNC 2016.

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Travel the culinary world through the Philippines’ biggest food show. World Food Expo (WOFEX)...

WOFEX Celebrates Sweet 16



Travel the culinary world through the Philippines’ biggest food show.

World Food Expo (WOFEX)  is all set to open simultaneously in the country’s two largest venues – the SMX Convention Center and the World Trade Center.  From August 3-6, 2016, WOFEX will once again be the gathering place for the food and beverage industry’s stakeholders, now on its 16th year.

Aside from its very strong local base of exhibitors, grab the opportunity to source and network with companies from all over the world.  This year, participating are large country pavilions from Korea, USA, Turkey, China, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam as well as exhibitors from Japan, Germany, Pakistan, Italy, Oman, Ukraine, Brazil, Indonesia and much more.

What makes WOFEX an annual success is the diversity of the products on display.  There is also the assurance that every year, there are always many new products and trends to see.  In response to the country’s robust foodservice growth, a visit to WOFEX is the most convenient way to source all possible supply needs.

One highlight of the show is the Kitchen Theater where well-known chefs share their skills to visitors.  In both venues, the latest products and techniques are shown throughout the 4-day event.

For those looking for more advanced learning, WOFEX University offers courses that are taught by practicing professionals, giving its audience an experience-based education and practical tips learned from the workplace and not just from the classroom.



As an advocacy, the Slow Food Summit is once again being hosted by WOFEX which promotes heirloom recipes and ingredients that are being pushed to a broader market to help preserve their very existence.  On August 6, learn and experience Slow Food cuisine thru Asia’s Best Female Chef Margarita Fores during the Benefit Lunch for farmers and food producers.

Halal Tourism is another advocacy of WOFEX.  With billions of tourism dollars at stake, and with the Philippines losing out on this lucrative market because few food establishments offer halal food, this advocacy has far-reaching effects in the country’s culinary and tourism vision.

And finally, concurrently held with WOFEX is the Philippine Culinary Cup (PCC), the country’s most prestigious culinary competition.  Being the only one endorsed by the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS), the PCC is able to attract many international teams such as Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, France and more.  Battling it out with some of the best hotels, restaurants and culinary schools in the Philippines, the PCC is truly where the best meet to compete.

Exhibition, education, competition – these are all elements that make the World
Food Expo the ultimate food show experience.

For more information please log on to www.wofex.com or Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wofex or email us at info@wofex.com.


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Moving out of home for the first time is one of life’s great landmarks, though the big day itse...

5 Great Housewarming Gifts for Your Son's or Daughter’s First Place



Moving out of home for the first time is one of life’s great landmarks, though the big day itself can be either exciting or a nightmare. Showing your support with a thoughtful housewarming gift can make all the difference in helping your son or daughter make a smooth transition into their new home away from home. Here are some tips for housewarming gifts that will show that you care.
  1. Pay for a removalist – Having removalists help on the big day will take the stress out of the move and lessen the chance of any breakages. If it is a longer distance move, interstate removalists are a must in making sure the move goes smoothly. Covering the cost is a great way to show that you are treating the move seriously and also to show that you support the big step your son or daughter is taking.
  2. Prepare a food hamper – Moving into your first place is always exciting, though the sight of an empty fridge and empty cupboards is never a welcome one. The gift of a food hamper will be a tasty bonus for your son or daughter and help them start to settle in straight away rather than having to run off to the shops. It doesn’t need to be a fancy or elaborate hamper, though a nice mix of essentials like bread and milk with a treat or two like wine or chocolate will add a classy touch to the day.
  3. Give the gift of art – Moving into a new place always means lots of blank walls and empty spaces. Buy or make a piece of art to help your son or daughter decorate their new place and make it their own. If you are unsure of what they’d like, tell them of your intention or even ask their friends if there is something that they think would be appreciated. Buying art can be a tricky move though if you get the right thing they will be very impressed.
  4. Buy a gift certificate for a local restaurant – What better way to get to know the new area than by checking out the local food. Read the local reviews of the restaurants in the area and pick something that suits your son or daughter’s taste. A gift certificate can also provide an easy and tasty end to a busy moving day.
  5. Give a plant – Every house or apartment needs plants, both to add colour and provide fresh air. Whether it is for your son or daughter, plants are a great gift, though ones that require minimal care are often the best choice to ensure they survive. If they are the type of person that likes to cook, potted herb plants are a great idea and will provide a free supply of fresh herbs to encourage creative cooking.
The way you handle the big day of your son or daughter moving out can greatly affect the dynamic of your new relationship with them. A thoughtful gift will most definitely be appreciated and will get them off to a great start at independent life.

#ThrowbackThursday, originally posted in my now defunct MamaIsWorking blog.

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#WednesdayDesignInspiration This is my bedroom peg. Our masters bedroom is already arranged ...

These Designs on my Mind

#WednesdayDesignInspiration


This is my bedroom peg. Our masters bedroom is already arranged this way, so it should be easy to follow this design.


The same with this stairs landing as my peg...


And that design of a bed is perfect for each of my boy's room. 

*All designs by http://www.houseofturquoise.com/


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Also, I woke with this song in my head: Love on Top by Queen B! I don't know why. Ha ha! ...

Monday Work Mood



Also, I woke with this song in my head: Love on Top by Queen B! I don't know why. Ha ha!


Then I remember the time that I performed--or tried to outperform Beyoncé--yeah, lip-synced and danced (with costume and all!) to this tune in our company summer outing! Oh my! 

I know, start of the week, and already as early as Saturday-Sunday, you already know the tasks that you needed to do. But still, we gotta do what we gotta do and do it wholeheartedly. 

Have a #MagicMonday this #MusicMonday!   

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Photo grabbed from the article. ❝  I started writing again because I didn’t want to have a mi...

I Didn't Want to Have a Midlife Crisis

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❝ I started writing again because I didn’t want to have a midlife crisis. I was pregnant and couldn’t work. I could have developed an obsession with gardening, got into pilates or had a midlife crisis. I considered all three, then decided to write.

Stories were a fun part of my childhood. We moved around a lot [Isla was born in Oman to Scottish parents, moving to Australia when she was six], so I hid in books. My grandmother was an avid reader and so was my mum.

Reading is the best kind of escapism. I think books take tiny people to places they can’t go – on a pirate ship, inside a peach, through a looking glass. They help children find quiet time, provoke thoughts and discussions, and educate them.

Winnie-the-Pooh is my favourite book character. He is adorable – a lovable idiot. I still laugh when I read his lines to my kids, no matter how many times I’ve heard them. A A Milne is one of my favourite children’s authors, along with Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton and Dr Seuss – the usual suspects. ❞

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