Holiday Highlights {2015}


For the first time in many years, I started my Christmas preparations late.  As in really late.  If not for our week-long break due to the APEC summit held in Manila last November, I wouldn't be able to start wrapping gifts. Swamped with work and project deadlines, I skipped decorating our apartment for Christmas.  I thought I'll have to forego Christmas shopping as ... READ MORE

Gingerbread Houses


A (Belated) Merry Christmas to y'all! I hope everyone had a great Christmas celebration! The hubby and I spent Christmas Day at Hyatt City of Dreams, reliving our spectacular Christmas Eve stay there last year.  A lot of restaurants have opened since our last stay there (during my birthday early this year); giving us more food choices to explore and discover. As I am ... READ MORE

A Week-Long (Free) Vacation


Where and how did you spend your APEC week vacation? I spent mine mostly at home; taking the days off as opportunity to catch up on cleaning and to do the things that were forever in my to-do lists. It was not purely R&R though; I have to check my office email at least once a day to see if there are urgent matters to attend to, update reports and review our ... READ MORE

Feel-good favorites from Robinsons Selections


It has been said that the things that constitute one’s daily life are extensions of who they are, and the products they surround themselves with, a reflection of their personalities. These are what shape their moods and it is important that they always have these staples around, to keep them feeling good all the time. Despite being subjected to an ever-changing ... READ MORE

Christmas Candy Jars


It's gonna be October in a few days and I have not even started with my Christmas list yet!  But I have a good idea already of what to give as Christmas giveaways this year: glass jars filled with Christmas-themed candies.  I like the idea of giving something reusable and filled with sweet treats! How about these as inspirations? Here's another version of ... READ MORE

An Afternoon Tea, Mariage Frères Style


The next time you find yourself at Century City Mall, do stop by Lartizan Boulangerie Francaise and have a salon de the experience with their très abordable Le The d'Apres-Midi (Afternoon Tea). Thought you couldn't get more French than the eclair and macaron on the menu?  Wait till you see their wide selection of Mariage Frères premium leaf teas.  Yes, Mariage Frères, as ... READ MORE

A Maitre Chocolatier in Makati

Sweet Ebony

I am not exactly what you call a chocoholic, but I love to have good quality chocolates from time to time. It is my husband who actually loves chocolates (you gotta check out his chocolate cake recipes HERE and HERE), so it was not a surprise that he saw this little chocolate shop along Jupiter Street in Makati while driving, and I (who was on the lookout for a nice dessert ... READ MORE

Starting my day right with McDonald’s all-new Cheesy Eggdesal

Cheesy Eggdesal 1

I am a breakfast person.  I can skip lunch but not breakfast.  I go to the office extra early so I can enjoy my breakfast longer, then I'm off to a busy day with meetings and/or projects to attend to. When it comes to breakfast food, I am not exactly picky.  On an ordinary day I would have pandesal + scrambled eggs + black coffee (no sugar, no cream).  Or just Nestlé Acti-V ... READ MORE