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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

3 Reasons Why We Adore Alona Beach In Panglao Bohol

Alona Beach in Panglao, Bohol never goes out of season. Lush greens hovering above crystal-clear, azure green waters and powdery white sand can calm any restless wanderer. Its sand may not be as fine as that in Boracay; but, the island offers a much more serene hideaway, almost free of litter and annoying tauts.

White Sand of Alona Beach In Panglao Bohol
Stunning Alona Beach in Panglao Bohol

Gorgeous Views

Since the rise of social media, it's beyond unthinkable to not prioritize selfies and famfies over anything else! Alona Beach rose to the occasion by providing the #fambam with striking photos throughout our stay.

Alona Beach In Panglao Bohol
Hubby Bala and Bebe Tutapel braved the sun's scorching heat just to capture this "golden" moment.

Alona Beach In Panglao Bohol
Kuya RJ and Ate Ikay striking a pose along Alona's powdery white sand. 
Taken by Roland Luistro of Bakasyonista and Balitang SF

Swimming Time on Alona Beach In Panglao Bohol
    Mama Lydz, Tita Ren and Ate Ikay splashing through Panglao's refreshing waters.
Taken by Roland Luistro of Bakasyonista and Balitang SF

Alona Beach In Panglao Bohol
The #fambam (with Momshie Leng and Tuts) hiding from the sun's 
"nakakaitim" rays beneath the island's iconic rock.
Taken by Roland Luistro of Bakasyonista and Balitang SF

Peaceful Hideaway

Boracay's electrifying energy may have awaken the #fambam's fun-loving side months before; but, Bohol's laid-back nature gave us a contrasting dose of peace and serenity. There weren't much visitors during our stay which somehow made us feel that we had the island all to ourselves.

Alona Beach In Panglao Bohol
The Balingki siblings taking a stroll around the island.
Taken by Roland Luistro of Bakasyonista and Balitang SF

Refreshing Waters

Nobel Prize winning writer Toni Morrison once said...

"All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was."

Indeed, Panglao's waters left the #fambam with a treasure trove of memories that will keep our Bohol escapade alive in years to come.

Alona Beach In Panglao Bohol
Water Fun with the #Fambam!
Taken by Roland Luistro of Bakasyonista and Balitang SF

Alona Beach In Panglao Bohol
Bala and Tuts enjoying Pangalo's cool waters!
Taken by Roland Luistro of Bakasyonista and Balitang SF

Alona Beach In Panglao Bohol
 My smart and pretty niece doing one of the things she does best-- swimming!
Taken by Roland Luistro of Bakasyonista and Balitang SF

Alona Beach In Panglao Bohol
Bala pulling a "Richard Gomez BENCH TVC stunt" from the '90s   
Taken by Roland Luistro of Bakasyonista and Balitang SF

Alona Beach In Panglao Bohol
Fathers and Sons Having Fun! 
Taken by Roland Luistro of Bakasyonista and Balitang SF

Saturday, April 11, 2015

National Bookstore Invites You To 13 FREE Arts & Crafts Events This Summer!

Thinking of creative ways to spend your summer?

Why not take advantage of National Bookstore's 13 Arts & Crafts Events offered absolutely free between April 11 and May 3 ?

Great thing is, you can participate in any of the following summer activities to your heart's content:

  • Basic Manga Art & Story Workshop
  • Basic Sketching & Card Making
  • Binocular Making
  • Blocks Assembly
  • Clay Painting
  • Coloring & Drawing
  • Crafts Making & Face Painting
  • DIY Arts & Crafts
  • Doodling & Coloring
  • Drawing & Painting
  • Face Painting
  • Fashion & Art Workshop
  • Scrapbooking

Simply refer to the schedules below to make your very own Workshop Calendar this summer.

Important Reminders:
  1. Customers may participate in any of the activities for FREE. No purchase required.
  2. Registration for each activity begins at 10 am at the Customer Service Counter of each respective store.
  3. Each activity has limited slots. First come, first served.
  4. Activities will last from 2 to 5 PM.

Don't forget to bring the rest of the #fambam to make learning more fun!

"Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions."  (Oliver Wendell Holmes)

National Bookstore 2015 Fun Summer Activities

Kaye Langit-Luistro: Tagalog Voice Talent with Studio
Kaye Langit-Luistro: Tagalog Voice Talent with Studio

Friday, April 10, 2015

Join the 2015 McDonald's Kiddie Crew Workshop!

Now on its 2nd week, this year's McDonald's Kiddie Crew continues to thrill and at the same time inspire kids from 5 to 12 years old about the value of hard work and discipline all coiled up in a fun way!

My son Tutapel had a grand time in last year's workshop that's why he can't wait to participate in this year's event as well.

I, for one, got excited when I saw the new hat, shirt, bag and toque designs! :-)

Curious on what usually happens during the Workshop? Do check out this link to see my son's fun-filled experiences last year.

And to register for this year's McDonald's Kiddie Crew Workshop, simply go to the nearest McDonald's branch and choose your preferred workshop sked:

Workshop Dates are as follows:
Week 3:  April 13- 17
Week 4:  April 20-24
Week 5:  April 27- May 1
Week 6:  May 4-8
Week 7:  May 18-22
Week 9:  May 25- 29

Registration Fee is Php 595 inclusive of shirt, cap, bag, toque, artwork materials, pins/badges at the end of every activity, certificate and meals for 5 days.

McDonald's Kiddie Crew Workshop 2014
Registration Venue: All Participating McDonald's stores


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Unboxing Tous les Jours' Love Inspiration Fresh Cream Cake

It has often been said food has a way of transporting us back to the past. And I think it's the same with cakes. They, too, have a way of tapping into our memory bank like no other.

For instance, my earliest recollection involving these confections was during my 7th birthday. I remember becoming mesmerized by a gorgeous white cake in front of me and how heartbroken I was at the same time when my cousin smudged its glorious icing.

That memory was still very much alive in my head when I took this exquisite Inspiration Fresh Cream Cake by Tous les Jours out of the box. I made sure that the edges remained untouched and the over-all design, unaltered.

I can't even begin to narrate the horror I must have felt, if for some sloppy reason, this particular Tous les Jours Artisan Cake got destroyed in the process!

Any Tous les Jours fan would know that you don't just buy a TLJ Cake for the taste but also for its over-all concept. For one, I like how the Inspiration Fresh Cream Cake comes in a classic heart-shaped design bursting in red and white!

When I finally had my piece of the cake, I can't help but feel comforted by TLJ's soft, moist chiffon cake bearing its signature sweet 'n' tangy taste. On the contrary, my nieces and nephews found the cake too sour for comfort. 

"It's the yogurt..." I explained. "It's an acquired taste, alright. But once you get used to it, you can't help but ask for more." 

For some reason, I saw them finish their share and before long, they even asked for a second, third helping- and even apiece for later...  :-) :-) :-)

Unboxing Tous les Jours Inspiration Fresh Cream Cake
"May you live to be as old as the number of Instagram pictures 
you took of your birthday cake."      (Anonymous)

Tous Les Jours Philippines
Ground Floor, SM North Edsa The Block
UGF, SM Southmall
Ground Floor, North Parking Bldg., SM Mall of Asia
Corte de las Palmas, Alabang Town Center
Ground Floor, Greenbelt 5
1st Floor, Shop 3 Techno Plaza 2, Eastwood City


Monday, April 6, 2015

Review: Michael Todd (True Organics) Charcoal Detoxifying Facial Mask ♪♪♪♪

Around October of last year, I received a product for review from Michael Todd (True Organics) which turned out to be a beauty brand popular among Hollywood circles and powerful glossies worldwide.

I've been using Michael Todd's Charcoal Detoxifying Facial Mask since then and I believe that 6 months is more than enough time to collate and analyze my findings and lay them out in a review.


The facial mask comes in a 100 ml (3.4 fl oz.) bottle bearing warm lavender tones. The product claims that mineral rich Charcoal is able to exfoliate and draw out impurities and toxins and clear the skin of excess oil, dirt and other pollutants.

Product packaging shows that Michael Todd Charcoal Detoxifying Mask is:

"...formulated with Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C for increased penetration and moisturizing. Mild action  and the presence of natural soothing agents reduce irritation and inflammation associated with sensitive skin. Exfoliates to remove dead skin, impurities and toxins, moisturizes and firms, improves elasticity and pliability of the skin, unclogs pores allowing skin to breathe and facilitates movement of skin oils. Turn lackluster looking skin into healthier younger looking skin."

Michael Todd True Organics Charcoal Detoxifying Facial Mask


  • I may have found the mask's smokey, ash-like scent overpowering at first; but, on second try, I've begun to fully embrace it. 

  • I loved the mask's silky feel and how it was fully absorbed by my skin. In fact, I consider Michael Todd's version two notches higher than the other leave-on masks I've tried before-- in terms of texture, absorption level and over-all effect. 

  • When I first applied the facial mask, I was rather expecting it to leave an uncomfortable sticky feeling. My fear proved to be groundless when I felt like I just had a simple facial moisturizer on - and nothing else.

  • The built-in pump dispenser surely made every use, fairly fast and simple.

  • Compared to Korean Mask Sheets that somehow left a plumper-looking skin, Michael Todd's Charcoal Mask made my skin feeling and looking remarkably fresh, clean and hydrated.

  •  Even if I put the mask on for an hour, an hour and a half - even if the  recommended time is only 15 minutes - I've NEVER experienced any form  of skin irritation. 


  • I couldn't think of anything that I don't particularly like about the mask EXCEPT perhaps about the shipping time. In my case, I was able to acquire the product from the nearest postal office in our area, sometime between 2 and 3 weeks from the time it was dispatched from the US to the Philippines. 
Michael Todd True Organics Charcoal Detoxifying Facial Mask

My Verdict:

♪♪♪♪ Great! Highly recommended. 

How to Use:
  1. After cleansing, apply an even layer over face and neck. Avoid eye area.
  2. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes and rinse.
  3. Follow with toner and moisturizer.
* May be used 2 to 3 times a week.

 Michael Todd True Organics
Charcoal Detoxifying Facial Mask

What's more:

Michael Todd currently offers 20% slashed off prices from their product lines to my blog readers, anywhere in the world. Do visit this link to avail of the discount.

Michael Todd True Organics
Charcoal Detoxifying Facial Mask 
($34 USD or around Php 1,500)

Michael Todd


Sunday, January 4, 2015

Wild For Wildflour Cafe + Bakery @ The Fort

The intersection of 26th Street and 5th Avenue at the Fort is no stranger to locals and foreigners craving for an elegant yet casual dining experience. Here in this food strip, Wildflour Cafe + Bakery reigns supreme with its exquisite breads and rave-worthy western cuisine.

Diners have been raving about Wildflour's great food, terrific service and cozy ambience for sometime now, and we can't help but concur. The complimentary freshly baked bread to an array of refreshing drinks and satisfying desserts are a testament to the cafe's dedication to please its customers' ever discriminating taste.

 Wildflour Cafe + Bakery BGC

Complimentary Bread & Butter.

  Wildflour Cafe + Bakery BGC

Agua Fresca (Green). Php 130
Watermelon Iced Tea. Php 185
Passionberry Iced Tea. Php 110

  Wildflour Cafe + Bakery BGC

Lamb Meatballs. Php 330 

Offered as an appetizer, this classic Moroccan dish sizzles with energy, thanks to classic ingredients such as spiced greek yogurt called labneh, tomatoes, almonds and mint.

  Wildflour Cafe + Bakery BGC

Crispy Duck Confit. Php 590

For this french dish, Wildflour chose cured duck's leg and cooked it in its own fat maybe even with some port (Portuguese wine) resulting in a deeply flavorful piece of meat, beautifully balanced by some boiled lentils and apple julienne in classic french remoulade sauce.

 Wildflour Cafe + Bakery BGC

Rustichella Squid Ink Spaghetti. Php 450

Even in the absence of the popular squid ink pasta, the dish still managed to impress with its deeply flavorful and immensely delish symphony of chorizo pamplona, prawns and pistachio. Seasoned just right for the palate as evidenced in our failure to drizzle some lemon; but when we actually did, the result was an even lighter and fresher version that is both appealing and satiating at the same time.

 Wildflour Cafe + Bakery BGC

Bucatini all' Amatriciana. Php 390

Wildflour recreates this classic dish from the town of Amatrice in Rome with trademark ingredients such as tomato, chili and cheese with the guanciale (cured pork cheeks) at the heart of it all. Instead of pecorino romano, Wildflour used freshly grated parmesan which may seem unorthodox to purists; but, still vibrates with sharp intensity. The richness of the guanciale in some inexplicable way blends well with the tomatoes' tangy nature; and, with a bit of zing from the chili, Wildflour's version is truly an homage to Roman cooking at its best. 

 Wildflour Cafe + Bakery BGC

 Happy tummies @ Wildflour Cafe + Bakery BGC

Valrhona Chocolate Pot de Creme. Php 205 (Above)
Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie. Php 190 (Below)

The bittersweet Valrhona dessert blends well with the pie's rich and creamy nature. The unlikely combo provides a great finish to an already fantastic meal.

  Wildflour Cafe + Bakery BGC

FYI: To take hold of your fave Wildflour Cronuts, place your orders 2 days in advance. A minimum of 6 cronuts is required.

Wildflour Cafe + Bakery @ The Fort
Cronuts to choose from:
Wildflour Dulce de leche Cronut Php 150
Wildflour Tiramisu Cronut Php 150
Wildflour Hazelnut Cronut Php 150
Wildflour Maple-Bacon Apple Cronut Php 150
Wildflour Chocolate Cronut Php 120
Wildflour Strawberry Cronut Php 120
Wildflour Mixed Berry Cronut Php 120
Wildflour Vanilla Cronut Php 120
Wildflour Vanilla Cronut Php 120


Wildflour Cafe + Bakery @ The Fort

 Wildflour Cafe + Bakery BGC

  Wildflour Cafe + Bakery BGC

   Breads-to-go from Wildflour Cafe + Bakery BGC

Wildflour Cafe + Bakery BGC
The Fort - (632) 856-7600
Podium   - (632) 571-8588
Salcedo  - (632) 808-7072

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Michael Todd Charcoal Detoxifying Mask


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Of Christmas Frappes & Croughnuts

The Philippines holds the world's longest Christmas celebration and it's only fitting that popular coffee shop chains such as Starbucks and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, among others, have special concoctions to complement the Pinoy's unique way of upholding the Blessed Season.

When you think about it, it's like Christmas in a cup ; but, in my case, since I only consume frappes, it's more authentic to say, Christmas in a giant plastic cup with a slot.  :)


Christmas Cookie Frappe. (Tall: 170; Grande: Php 180; Venti: Php 190)

Loved for its creamy, buttery taste infused with shortbread and butter cookie bits and sauce, this particular Starbucks Holiday coffee-based blend, ranks first in my list of faves.

  Starbucks Philippines Christmas Holiday Menu 

Starbucks Peppermint Mocha. (Tall: 170; Grande: Php 180; Venti: Php 190)

A significant drizzle of mocha sauce provides an interesting twist from last year's well-received peppermint concoction.

 Starbucks Philippines Christmas Holiday Menu 

Starbucks Toffee Nut Frappe. (Tall: 170; Grande: Php 180; Venti: Php 190)

Very much liked for its toffee nut syrup and crunchy toffee sprinkles, Starbucks' Holiday Menu won't really be complete without its signature Toffee Nut Frappe.

 Starbucks Philippines Christmas Holiday Menu 

Starbucks Peppermint Frappe. 
Starbucks Gingerbread Frappe.

Starbucks' 2013-2014 Holiday Menu included Gingerbread Frappe and Gingerbread Latte; but, unfortunately, these variants are not available here in the Philippines as they are only being offered in Starbucks' satellite branches in the US, UK, Canada, Australia and Ireland.

Starbucks Philippines Christmas Holiday Menu (2013-2014)

Starbucks Philippines

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.

CBTL Red Velvet Ice Blended. (Ice Blended: Regular: Php 165; Large: Php 185. Hot Cocoa: Php 120; Php 135; Php 150). 

Known for their sweet 'n' creamy taste quite reminiscent of a red velvet cupcake, Red Velvet Beverages (Ice Blended or Coffee-based and Hot Chocolate) are CBTL's best bets for Christmas.

The good news is, unlike the Starbucks Holiday Concoctions made available only until January 8, 2015, CBTL offers its certified Red Velvet Drinks all year round.

 The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Philippines

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf  (CBTL) Philippines


To this day, Food for the Gods remains to be a must-eat confection during the holiday season. Dolcelatte, a popular cafe and gourmet bakeshop here in the metro, continues to offer these chewy, nutty and fruity creations sans the liqueur so that even kids can fully enjoy them.

Dolcelatte Food for the Gods.

 Dolcelatte Philippines

Dolcelatte Croughnuts.

Dolcelatte has reinvented Chef Ansel Dominique's popular croissant-doughnut pastry by offering a plethora of sweet and savory croughnuts both for dine in or on the go. Liked for their flaky or crunchy nature, Dolcelatte is supposedly being credited to have the most number of croughnut varieties in the metro.


Dolcelatte Custard Creamcheese Croughnut (Left) (Php 110)
Dolcelatte Chocolate Caramel Croughnut (NEW) (Center) (Php 110)
Dolcelatte Oreo Milkshake Croughnut (Right) (Php 110)

 Dolcelatte Philippines

However, the process of acquiring a croughnut these days can be quite tedious. You can't just walk-in and purchase a box right that moment.

In Dolcelatte's case, you need to order and reserve the SWEET CROUGHNUTS (not the SAVORY VARIANTS) over the phone. To preorder, call 332-3407 or 0906-5526297.

  • One box contains 6 croughnuts. 
  • Since there are limited quantities of croughnuts produced daily, a customer can only order/reserve up to a dozen croughnuts.
  • Preorder croughnuts one day in advance.
  • Reservation is done via phone only.
  • No Sunday pick-up.

By the way, Dolcelatte also offers a variety of SAVORY CROUGHNUTS daily from 2 pm to 5 pm. For more info, click this.

Dolcelatte Philippines

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