Celebrate and Enjoy Father’s Day at an SM Supermall Near You

Father’s Day this year falls on June 18, 2017 and do you already have a gift or special something for your Dad?

Just recently, yours truly was able to grace SM Supermalls #Dadventures digital conference featuring #IdolDads SM executive TJ Cuenca, dubber/host/actor Apollo Abraham SM Hero Ronald Llaneta and actor Patrick Garcia.

Each dad shared his own father experiences with their family especially children bonding.
Hands on dad, Patrick Garcia spends most of his time with his precious kids everytime he doesn’t have any TV tapings or showbiz commitments. He also shared that he and the kids have their special moments spent at an SM Mall.
“I remember back them when my dad used to take me to SM North Edsa. I also shop for my kid’s wear myself.”

In demand dubber Apollo Abraham also recalls his early SM memories. “I literally have SM in my backyard since I just live near SM North Edsa. I would have movie marathons with my dad until our head ached due to the length of film we’ve seen!”

Messrs Cuenca also frequented SM Sta. Mesa which was formerly known as SM Centerpoint during its early years. While SM Hero dad Ronald goes to SM Rosario with his family.
The conference also had favorable reactions from foreign online commenters when the video clip of a Father And Daughter featuring Apollo and his lovely daughter were shown to the guests. Awww how su-weeeet!
                               Photo Credit – Leomy Gonzales
The guest dad’s were later on joined by SM Supermalls Over All Senior Marketing Ms. Loren Ramirez and Ms. RJ Radillo, Senior Marketing Manager for Digital (Family Segment) for a group photo op.

Congrats #IdolDads keep up the great work and keep on inspiring!

Do take note of the many ways for us to show how much we love our dad as we create family-first moments on his special day happening at SM this month with fun-filled activities.

  • Beer Festival on June 13 to 25
  • Extreme Wellness Expo featuring classic car models, monster trucks, and big bikes on June 13 to 18 / 18 to 25
  • Grab some Grub group meal promos on June 13 to 25, and special dining treats for dads on weekends starting June 16
  • Mini Me casual fashion show featuring dads and their kids wearing matching OOTD’s on June 16 to 18 / 23 to 25
  • Blessing for Dads after the mall’s regular Sunday mass on June 18

Shoppers can also share their happiest moments with dad and win exciting prizes.

Simply check out the SM Supermalls Facebook Page for the #DADventuresAtSM digital promo details and updates.

Happy Father’s Day to my own Dad whom we will treat for a special lunch buffet, woot!

Express your love for your dear father’s everyday and let them know you love and care for them so much! ♥♥♥

The Uniqueness of 5 Loaves & 2 Fish Restaurant

Discovering a new restaurant is always a fun adventure! ☺☺
Just recently, yours truly alongside other food and lifestyle bloggers got an exclusive invite to check out 5 Loaves & 2 Fish restaurant located at The Rock, mini mall, in Don Antonio Heights, Quezon City.
Upon entering the premises, you could immediately feel the homey vibe aside of course from the delicious food and desserts this resto has in store. With a high ceiling set up, the place looks and feels cozy and it makes you want to stay and linger longer while enjoying their sumptuous menu with family or friends.
My associates could not help but adore the meal samples displayed at the presentation table. The owner of 5 Loaves & 2 Fish, Ms. Dinah Miro, wanted to share their best sellers as well as personal favorites to us all. Like most of restaurant owners, her family’s passion is good food not only for the body but also for the soul. This also explains the biblical verses around the resto and into their wall design. These have fully inspired Ms. Dinah and her family to put up 5L2F.

On hand also was Chef Jay Sycip who aside from taking care of the valuable menu, is also responsible for the store’s operations. And yes he is related to the legendary and iconic and famous founder of SGV accounting firm, Mr. Washington Sycip through his dad. Way to go, chef!

                                Photo Credit: Louisa Mercado
So here’s a quick run down of what’s best selling at 5L2F

Lengua – you will be impressed how it’s meat is cooked tenderly to perfection.
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Balayan Salad –  green lettuce, chopped fresh tomatoes with quesong puti cheese and tinapa flakes and grated parmesan cheese.
                                Spaghetti With Chicken Parmesan is one of my personal favorites. Just the right taste!                                  Photo Credit: Rence Chan
                                High 5 Salad – flavorful balsamic vinegar and guava puree blend of pleasant and unique taste. with sundried tomatoes , candied nuts , diced guava , grated parmesan cheese. Will really make you want to High 5 your seatmate or food buddy! 
                                 Pork Ribs BBQ — special marinated sauce with 4 to 6 hours to cook the pork , making the meat is tender and tasty. Must taste!

Miss Dinah surprised us by raffling off a few of their bestseller whole cakes and yours truly was among those lucky winners! I won a Matcha Green cake which I was excited to bring home to family, YEHEY!!! And from the looks of it, the cake was yummy-looking and I was impressed how it was designed highlighting the matcha feel. The smell of matcha was likewise so prevalent and it enticed my appetite for a quick bite.
According to Chef Jay, the cake has no preservatives so it is advisable to consume it all right away. Whoaaa!
Many thanks Ms. Dinah! 

The price range for the cake slice is between Php 145 to Php 180 per slice. They are not overly sweet compared to some well-known bakeshop. Among their best sellers are the cheesecake, chocolate cakes, pink guava cakes, matcha green tea cheesecake , dulce de leche.
Here we were as one big happy family! Media bloggers with the owner and admin of 5 Loaves 2 Fish. Thank you so much for having all of us! Until our next visit! ☺☺

Father’s Day Promo: 


Celebrate with us on Father’s Day weekend from June 16-18!

For a minimum spending of P 1,500 single receipt, you’ll get a free glass of wine to go with your sumptuous feast!

Cheers to all the wonderful Dads out there!

Visit us at G/F The Rock Lifestyle Hub, Holy Spirit Drive, Don Antonio Heights, Quezon City.

For reservations, please call 366-5375 or 09971094210

Cool Tips for a Long Weekend

Don’t you just love long weekends? This is so applicable to working professionals and students alike!

This June 26 is Eid’l Fitr, in the calendar this year, it means another long weekend may be coming up. While we wait for the official announcement, everyone’s now scrambling to snag those promo fares or bus tickets to take advantage of this free Monday. We’re not all that lucky though, so if you won’t be able to whip up a quick vacation, here are a few things that will keep you entertained without leaving the city. Some of them are even free!
The best thing about a long weekend in the city is there are way less people crowding the streets and restaurants. Here’s your chance to head to some of those sought-after restaurants you can’t seem to get a free table in. Grab a seat at the 20-seater Mendokoro Ramenba at Salcedo Village in Makati, the tiny but super popular La Chinesca at BF Homes in Paranaque, or the full-to-the-brim Locavore in BGC or Kapitolyo.
Looking for someone who knows how to have fun? Turn to the little ones, whether you have your own kids, your young relatives, or your mommy-friend’s tots. There are so many things to do around Manila during the long weekend, but bringing the kids along will give it that extra energy and humor. Take a kalesa tour around the beautiful Intramuros, visit the many museums around the city and the newly-opened Planetarium in Manila, or let their (and your) energy loose at the many activities at SM by the Bay, Kidzania, or Dreamplay.
If you’ve been trying to live a healthier lifestyle which is a must, perhaps a visit to BPI-Philam’s Win the Moment Wellness Festival will help you jumpstart this change. Head to Trinoma Activity Center on June 24 and participate in interactive booths that let you experience total wellness – not just physical but also social, emotional, mental and financial. From dance classes by G-Force, life-sized board games, and inspirational talks that help you pursue passion without losing all your live savings, the Win the Moment Wellness Festival brings a unique experience to all Filipinos.

Top it off with a mini concert by KZ Tandingan and Quest, and you’ve crossed out one full day! Just download the Philam Vitality Active App from the Apple Store or Google Play and use the promocode bplacwtm to gain free entrance.

I hope you were all able to take note of these. Share me later what happend?

So enjoy your looooong weekend before the end of this month! Cheers! ☻☻☻

 

#LiveBrighter Series with Jonathan Yabut for SunLife PH


The very first time I met Jonathan Yabut was during a blogger’s event to help promote the reality show Apprentice Asia back in 2013, which was the asian version of its US original. He was with fellow contender Celine Le Neindre. The entire season was already pre-taped, including who won and I was very anxious who could have won?

During that event, I became an instant fan of Jonathan and felt deep within that this very smart and eloquent guy was going to be a finalist and en up in the Top 3 or 2 spots. And when the final episode came up, my hunch was correct and Jonathan made it to the Final 2 alongside his strongest opponent Singaporean Andrea Ern-Yu. But in the end, Air Asia’s Mr. Tony Fernandes declared Jonathan the grand winner and so our Philippine flag prevailed!

I had the chance to personally congratulate Jonathan during a post Apprentice Asia public event where some of the finalists flew here in town for a meet and a greet session at BGC. It was that time that I stayed in touch with him and Celine thro social media.

Fast forward to four year later, I had the privilege of attending a special #LiveBrighter series headed by Jonathan for SunLife Philippines that discussed from grit to great. He has left Air Asia and has put up his own consultancy firm and is an author of inspiring books on how to succeed. Jonathan also gets invited to a lot of talks and business seminars here and abroad.


According to Jonathan, there are scientists who have done studies on the most successful individuals, from employees, CEOs, and company moguls, and one common thing in all their stories is the way they stood up to failure. That is GRIT.
Grit is the ability to roll with the punches, to learn how to handle and deal with failures, and most importantly, the ability to be able to rise up no matter how many times one falls down.
He pointed out the importance of having a growth mindset instead of a fixed mindset; a person with a growth mindset has more room for success because they understand the importance of the expansion of the mind, which in turn leads to the expansion of skills, network, and opportunities, leading to a better life.

GRIT is also known as “passion and perseverance for a very long term goals.” Beauty, brains, and wealth will never get us there if we know how to handle ourselves out there. GRIT also refers to “traffic different egos and personality (emotional maturity),” how to execute plans and how to respond to failures and shortcomings. Surprise thought about GRIT is it doesn’t happen overnight. We have a responsibility and duty to play to get that GRIT in us. And we millennial should learn how to mold these characters.

 

SOCIAL PURPOSE
The most successful companies are aimed at making lives better. Tetrapak’s goal is to help prolong the shelf life of food in areas that don’t have access to refrigeration. Starbucks’ main business is to inspire people through their stores and it just so happened that they are selling coffee. In the Philippines, fashion brand Rags 2 Riches is an example: it is a social enterprise that employs men and women from the poorest communities in Manila, and provides them fair access to the market, equal profit, and business education.

Another speaker went onboard in the person of SunLife Financial Advisor and Unit Manager Mr JP Cruz who gave an inspiring testimonial on how he was able to attain his dreams of becoming successful and where he is now. The struggles and hardships he had to endure in the past motivated and pushed him to strive harder and build a better future for his family with the help of SunLife.

He encouraged everyone that when a goal is set, it is possible to reach it with the help of sheer determination and confidence and knowledge and faith.

Jonathan posted this photo and caption on his Facebook account a day after his talk and event with SunLife PH. May we be all inspired by him!

Shared my journey and lessons learned to becoming the first Apprentice Asia during the #LiveBrighter Session yesterday at Gallery A Space for Sun Life Financial Philippines. I also recount my experience on why I consulted a Sun Life Financial advisor and the importance of having one to my engaging audience composed of millennials, business owners, and Sun Life financial advisors. Thank you Sun Life Financial Philippines for this great opportunity and to all the attendees; go grab those dreams!

For speakership inquiries on marketing, leadership, public speaking, office productivity and the Gen Y workforce, contact jonathanyabut@jycvasia.com

#FastForward

“Live Brighter Sessions” are set to be held in Cebu and Davao. For more details, follow @sunlifeph on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Interested in becoming a Sun Life advisor? Visit bitly.com/sunlifeadvisor to learn more.

Be a Neu Bake Super Slice Fan Just Like Baeby-Baste

Known to the general public as dabarkads and super cutey Bae-by Baste, the four year old child superstar from the daily noon time show Eat Bulaga has been making waves since his YouTube dubsmash days up to this very day. That is why the country’s leading bread manufacturer Gardenia got him and his loving mom Sheila to be the latest endorsers of Neu Bake Super Slice variant.

Sebastian Benedict Granfon, aka Baste is a bright, precocious young boy who never fails to liven up our afternoon with his charm, wit and natural flair for comedy.

Neu Bake’s Super Slice which is bigger than most white breads in the market, making it perfect for Baste’s big appetite. During the special mother and son bonding time of Bae-by Baste and Mommy Sheila at their recent media launch, while her mom was busy sharing their cute sandwich stories, he was also busy doing his own thing with his sandwich and fillings.
Mommy Sheila further shares that as a mom, it is important to prepare healthy food to our children. Just like his son who loves egg and ham sandwiches among others, the food bonding moments they share keep them closer together. She loves preparing these bread snacks and packs them as “baon” for Baste his daily noon time duties.

The media is goo-goo ang gaga over Bae-by Baste. In here, he was being interviewed by a couple of showbiz reporters from TV5 and GMA Kapuso 7. And his candid answers make him more cute and adorable!
Say cheeeeeese!!!

Even the staff of Gardenia’s Neu Bake Super Slice could not resist having this cool group photo op with Mommy Sheila and Baste. And how that red apron looks nice on him!
Of course, yours truly was a success in this spotlight-like selfie with dabarkad Baste. It’s been in my bucketlist of mine to have a photo with this babe and thank you Neu Bake for making it sooo happen!

Neubake Super Slice comes in a horizontal, super tipid pack and only costs P29 for 10 slices. You may also try the Wheaten Bread variant which I personally like!

NeuBake is now available in leading supermarkets and convenience stores.

Many thanks Chelle Campos for having us during Bae-by Baste’s event with Neu Bake Super Slice. Until the next ones to come! ☺♥☺

My Mom, My Travel Angel

When was the last time you said “Thank You” to someone?

I guess this written post is an overdue tribute in saying Thank You to a special someone in my life.
230834_220761107937357_6274623_nI have always expressed my Thank You’s and gratitude to my beloved Mama in private. And as far back as I can remember, I say it through love letters or small Post It notes then I would sneak it inside her bag, under her plate or even her blouse pocket. Once she finds out, she would always respond and give her feedback by writing me back or throwing me a big, tight Mom hug!

I guess I am more of a Thank You daughter than a saying I Love You person. Well, from time to time I do. But the impact of saying “salamat” is vast and wide and to be specific, I am extending an eternal Thank You to my everdearest Mama when it comes to travel. Because of her, I am able to go, see and enjoy places domestically and internationally. It is true that everytime you travel, appreciating the culture of a new place and territory and it’s people makes it even more exciting!

Mom is the most energetic travel bug and outdoorsy person I have known. Travel is her way of communing and being one with nature. And everytime she goes out of town it’s when she releases tension and stress from work and sometimes from stubborn daughters like me and my sister. Ouch!
29785_129130587100410_225939_nA dedicated and passionate teacher even before I was born, Mom has gone to many out of town provinces thanks to the travel subsidy of their school which they call “Lakbay Aral”. So every summer, she and her co-teachers pick a really good destination and get there. My sister Michelle at times was able to tag along and join her in many wonderful trips to Palawan, Cagayan de Oro, Leyte, Bukidnon, Cebu, Bacolod and even Thailand which was her first ever international trip. And what a memorable trip to Bangkok they had from staying at a great hotel, haggled shopping, riding the “tuk tuk”, food trip galore and being impressed with a 747 boeing plane.

And speaking of airplanes, I came across this “Thank You” video campaign from Air Asia Philippines during my research online for a blog I was doing. The ad was a brief reminder especially this Yuletide season that we must indeed spread gratitude. That we should be grateful to whoever and whatever. Very touching isn’t it? I believe that appreciation be not limited to Christmas, but should be expressed for all time.

So thank you to my travel mate Mom, I was able to enjoy our unforgettable mother-daughter bonding when we went to Beijing, China! Too bad my sister was unable to come along because of work. Climbing the historic Great Wall of China was extra memorable with her and so were our street food tripping, thrift shopping and cold evening walks outside of our hotel. The best international travels we had with my sister were our trips to Hongkong and Singapore where we teased Mom to be the girlfriend of The Merlion because she literally did not want to leave the famous iconic symbol for some weird and strange reason after seeing it upclose. Well, that’s my Mama! ♥ 
29785_129130557100413_5059594_nShe would always remind me to travel when budget allows and to travel while we were still young with family to better appreciate the many wonderful and awesome spots out there waiting to be seen. Speaking of budget during our family travels, she would collect our monthly share of a thousand pesos for like a year or six months depending where our itchy feet would take us. Our ever favorite destinations are Baguio and Boracay and for the latter, we would patiently ride the RoRo bus getting there which takes like 16 hours to do so. But once we have arrived, we kick back and relax and enjoy the best sunsets along the beach in between Stations 1 and 2. Su-weeeeet!!!
sgBut Mama’s ultimate dream travel destination is the Holy Land and visit all the places Our Saviour went to. She dreams of even taking a relaxing cruise with my Dad. Everytime she see Bethlehem on TV or in cable, I would always here her say, “One day I am going to get there by the grace of God.” She never ceased praying.

In the past couple of years, Mama travelled less due to health reasons. She got herself into various medications. Good thing she took a lot of travel videos and would play them from time to time and it made her feel really good. There were so many accumulated clips my sister and I transferred them on CDs coming off the video cam. There are still a lot of short videos left in our cellfones waiting to be relocated.

October of last year I received an exclusive invite to travel down Coron, Palawan aboard a vessel that specializes in going to Tubbataha Reef. I have never been to Palawan before so I excitedly told Mama I am going there with a limited number of media people and the rest would be experienced divers. Mom had been there before but she was opposed to the idea of me joining. Maybe it was the mother instinct in her that she felt something was not good. But after convincing her not once but a few more times, she gave the green light. On the day of my departure for Batangas, I hugged her really tight and informed I shall share all my great Palawan experiences after five days.
196010_209049915775143_4970169_nMom reminds me to always pray especially when travelling. Along the way en route to Batangas Pier she sent me several text reminders and to pray the rosary for safety and guidance to our destination. She’s really a loving and caring mother. And when our group finally arrived in Palawan after two days I was ecstatic and thankful for experiencing this side of paradise. Coron is such a beautiful piece of nature! Makes you want to stay there longer. I took lots of pictures and videos for me to show Mom afterwards.
217252_220761687937299_4761167_nBut for some reason, fate did not allow me to share all my selfies, videos and wonderful and unforgettable adventures of Palawan to her. Mama went to heaven on the day our group arrived back to Batangas en route to Manila. I was crushed…so devastated and emotional to the point of breaking down in big sobs when my sister broke the sad news on the phone. I was in denial she was gone. Moreso, I was away but on my way back to her when she left. I was really looking forward to hugging her and sharing all the stories comparing notes of beautiful Palawan. If only she waited for me much longer…
200152_210758472270954_441294_nThat was more than a year now. It still hurts everytime I would recall that very bittersweet moment. The pain of losing someone you love dearly will never go away. Her personal travel videos are more meaningful and seeing her so happy in them makes more sense now. As family we miss her so much! I still cry a bucket everytime I watch the vids.
11143570_1175819105764881_1294158158339650966_nMy Mom…My Travel Angel has gone to the Holy Land. And tomorrow or later, she’s at Vatican City or on top of the Eiffel Tower or sipping a juice or two by the shoreline of her favorite beach spot in Boracay…

Thank You Mama…for everything… and for the lovely gift of travel which I will continue to do because by visiting and exploring more places, you are very much alive! Love youuuuuu!!! ♥♥

1521537_950154808331313_4890712711350786131_nSo please say and express THANK YOU not later…but now…
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What’s New With St. Nicholas Catering?

pic1If you are into boodle fights, the following is for you!

Why not try something like this for the Yuletide,  just to be different in celebrating this holiday season. When it comes to boodle fight, the place to be is at St. Nicholas Catering and Restaurant. It’s a great thing that they are on sale!

For a special price of Php999.00, the Boodle Fight sa Bilao Set is indeed very affordable compared to other restaurants having the same idea. Restaurant diners have the option to choose from the of other Boodle Fight variants that the restaurant offers like from Palawan, Boracay, to Batangas for the same price of Php999.00.
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BEST SELLER: The Hot and Juicy Shrimps

The restaurant’s Hot and Juicy Shrimps are available in the following flavors/variants: regular, spicy, mild, sweet, and medium. The shrimps were sourced from Roxas City, known as the seafood capital of the Philippines. So it is guaranteed fresh!

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Best Deal: Shrimp Wednesday

Wednesdays is a special day for shrimp lovers and regular customers at St. Nicholas Catering and Restaurant for its called “Shrimp Wednesday” A Good Deal you shouldn’t miss. Regular customers of St. Nicholas have been returning every week for the 50% off promo. YES 50% OFF. From the regular price of Php399.00, marking down to only Php199.00 with the very same quality of Hot and Juicy Shrimps is basically a promo offer to grab!

Meet the Chef
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Meet the good looking chef, Nick Pelaez, folks!

He owns and managed and still cooks for St. Nicholas Catering and the restaurant. St. Nicholas Catering started back in 2003 while the Restaurant is his newest baby that is already in its third year serving sumptuous Filipino dishes in Mandaluyong. We all know that fast-food chains were almost everywhere, but St. Nicholas has its own charm. With the intimate ambiance of the restaurant, diners visit at the odd hours of the day like brunch or late afternoon for early lunch or merienda, respectively. The busiest hours, of course, are lunch and dinner times. The usual guests are those who prefer clean and delicious home-cooked food over random finds at eateries. *plus Chef Nick is charming too.

Visit St. Nicholas Catering at #1 Fatima St. Corner San Rafael st., Bgy. Plainview, Mandaluyong City, Philippines 1550

Phone: (02)535-7637 | Email: st.nicholascatering@yahoo.com

Follow them on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/st.nicholasresto/

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