Dealing with a Preschooler, Discovering a Local Favorite and Shopping Organic Goodies (all in one weekend!)

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I was in Cebu last June to visit my family there and to spend quality time with my nephew Liam, who is now 5. What I thought would be a weekend of "catching up" activities with him turned out to be full of drama because we argued (a lot!) while playing games!  He is naturally competitive, and so am I!  Haha! We are still trying to resolve our 'little' conflict. I have ... READ MORE

How to make Creamy Chicken Adobo with Nestle All-Purpose Cream

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As promised, I’m sharing with you the recipe for the Creamy Chicken Adobo that Chef Rob Pengson taught us to make during the #CreateWithCream event last July 9, 2016. Read about the event’s sumptuous happenings HERE. Except for the chicken parts which were bought fresh from the market, most of the ingredients for the Creamy Chicken Adobo are already provided for by Nestle ... READ MORE

Dream Tomica x My Melody (and a surprise giveaway!)

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Just sharing with you the latest additions to my Dream Tomica cars featuring Sanrio characters: I have almost all the Hello Kitty Tomica cars, including the highly collectible Dream Tomica x Hello Kitty 2016 set that I ordered from Japan. The latest additions are the My Melody cars, including My Sweet Piano! Do you still remember My Sweet Piano?  She is My Melody's ... READ MORE

3-Way Emerald and Pearl Earrings

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Sometime last month, I found hidden among my jewelry cleaning clothes a pair of pearl jackets I have used for another earrings (now sold).  The pearls are of south sea variety, bought in Davao City. I thought they looked lonely, so I asked my jeweler partner to make stud emerald earrings for me which I planned on pairing up with my pearl jackets. The result is a beautiful ... READ MORE

Ordering Cath Kidston Online (2016 edition)

Haay, ang ganda talaga!

Longtime readers of my blog know that I heart everything Cath Kidston, and that I've bought most of my CK items online.  Thanks to my Cath Kidston sisters Ellen and Diane, who are also avid CK collectors and online shoppers like me, I was able to get the mugs, bags and other CK accessories that I like - straight from the UK shop. Even when the first Cath Kidston opened in ... READ MORE

Nestle All-Purpose Cream Elevates Classic Recipes with #CreateWithCream

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I have not been writing lately about food I’ve created in our kitchen, but that doesn’t mean I have stopped cooking altogether.  It’s just that I’ve limited my cooking to those I know by heart already (most of them have been featured in the blog) so I wouldn’t have to write down the ingredients or cooking steps again. One recipe that never disappoints regardless of the many ... READ MORE

Enchanting Emeralds

Custom-made Emerald stud earrings (ordered by a client).

Lately I've been filling my Instagram feed with pictures of emerald jewelry, all taken with my Lenovo Vibe Shot android camera phone. I am simply hooked on their lush green color, and the emerald shape added a timeless appeal to this May birthstone: For price inquiries, email me at dbrightspot@gmail.com. ... READ MORE

Delicious Diet PH

Chicken Puttanesca with Brown Rice

I subscribed to @deliciousdietph last June and I'm on my 5th week already of their weekly, 5-day calorie-count meal program @ 1,200 calories per day.  Didn't think I'll last this long! No, I am not dieting.  I simply wanted to eat delicious and healthy food at the office, and to not worry anymore about going to the canteen every lunch hour and brave the long line ... READ MORE