Teaser: Treasure Hunters at Universal Studios Singapore with HD Video Clips

We found the Treasure Hunters attraction to be truly worthwhile and enjoyable. Indeed, it is a must-try activity at Universal Studios Singapore.

Find out for yourself how interesting it was through some HD video clips that Bala took this January in Timeless Confection.

Happy new year!


Teaser: Waterworld @ Universal Studios Singapore with HD Video Clips

The Waterworld attraction at Universal Studios Singapore had all the elements of a true blue Hollywood blockbuster.

Find out for yourself through some HD video clips that Bala took this January in Timeless Confection.

Happy new year!


Teaser: Ochado Tea at Tokyo Street, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

Happy Lemon maybe the "in" thing to have whenever you're at Trinoma Mall, but in Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, it would have to be Ochado.

Find out why this January in Timeless Confection.

Have a blessed New Year to you and your family!



Teaser: Eating Korean at Food Republic @ Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

Although I was in Kuala Lumpur, eating Korean dishes was in my list of priorities.

Find out all about it this January in Timeless Confection.

Happy new year!


Teaser: Breakfast at the Loaf @ Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

Dining at The Loaf was really quite something. Just imagine being there at the bakery slash bistro owned by former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad!

Find out all about it this January in Timeless Confection.

Have a blessed new year!


Teaser: Mochi Sweets From Tokyo Street @ Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

I've heard so many wonderful things about these treats from Malaysian bloggers that I made time to check them out during our recent trip to Kuala Lumpur.

Find out all about it this January in Timeless Confection.

Have a blessed new year!


Help Rebuild Lives Post-Sendong In 2012

Start the new year right! Give something of yourself to help our kababayan from Cagayan de Oro and Iligan who suffered from the harsh aftermath of Typhoon Sendong.

Send your cash or check donations to the above-mentioned institutions.

Thank you for your time and kind-hearted support.

Footnote: Thanks Ms. Millette Rooque of Solar Entertainment for the info.


Juice Of The Day (JOTD): Malee 100% Carrot Mixed Fruit Juice Plus Straight No Chaser's Version of Auld Lang Syne

What's not to love about this veggie-fruit mixture? The natural sweetness of carotene-rich carrots plus some vitamin-enriched apples mixed with the natural tangy tastes of pineapples and oranges make for a delish and powerful health drink in Malee 100% Carrot Mixed Fruit Juice!  

From my flagrant use of adjectives, you  might have gotten the impression that the fruits were genetically enhanced or something. I'd like to apologize for that. Well, actually, Malee is well known in the industry for using fresh natural ingredients only without any form of preservatives, including sugar.

This particular Malee drink is a great alternative to commercially produced sodas and powdered drinks for you'll know you won't be ingesting any form of sugar especially during the holiday season. Thus, you'll be able to welcome the new year in a more healthy state!

I know that I usually have an accompanying video when I write this kind of entry. So which video is a cool enough partner to my JOTD! Well, it could only be this: Straight No Chaser's version of Auld Lang Syne. 

Have a blessed New Year to you and your family!

Next:  My Healthy Breakfast for the New Year


Teaser: Swensen's Singapore 24 Hour Resto at Changi Airport Terminal 2

Oh! I can still taste every morsel of those delish dishes we ordered from Swensen's Singapore right this very minute!

                                                    Delish Dishes at Swensen's Singapore

What made my dining experience extra memorable was that it was the very first Singaporean resto I've ever been to!

                                   Ice Cream & Sundae Galore at Swensen's Singapore

Allow me to share with you some of the dishes we've tried and why I can't take them out of my mind in a soon to be published article in Timeless Confection.

If you haven't joined my give-away yet, I do hope you can be a part of it. Here's the link: Timeless Confection Blog Give-Away For The New Year!

Thank you so much!

Next: Merienda Time at Swensen's at Changi Budget Terminal 2


Rizal Series (Part 1): Learnings from F. Sionil Jose's Reflections on Dr. Jose Rizal

Note: The following post is from my learnings gathered from a two hour lecture given by National Artist F. Sionil Jose on August 18, 2011 at Crossroad 77.

F. Sionil Jose's Reflections on Rizal

It was rather amusing for when host Dody Lacuna, a well-known media personality, started off with the introductions, F. Sionil Jose went on center stage and categorically said, "Huwag na!" "Tama na!" As it turned out he wanted to begin the lecture right away without any pyrotechnics involved.

As soon as Mr. Jose was seated, he said that when Rizal saw Shakespeare's Hamlet, it left a deep impression on him for it spoke about the dignity of man. Mr. Jose then transitioned to the time when Rizal's contemporaries Juan Luna and Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo won the gold and silver respectively at the Exposicion Nacional de Bellas Artes in 1884.

                    Juan Luna's Spoliarium now at the Philippine National Museum

         Felix Ressureccion Hidalgo's Las Virgenes Cristianas Expuestas Al Popolacho 
                              now at the  Metropolitan Museum of Manila

Remember Rizal's toast to them? Asked Mr. Jose.

"...Luna and Hidalgo are the pride of Spain as well as the Philippines. Though born in the Philippines, they might have been born in Spain, for genius have no country, genius bursts forth everywhere, genius is like light and air — the patrimony of all: cosmopolitan as space, as life and as God." From aboutph.com

After saying portions of this toast, Mr. Jose then said something which once again blew me away: "It took Michelangelo 18 years before he was recognized. It only took Juan Luna 6 years!" Just imagine what Luna could have done with the technology we have today. And it only means one thing: Filipinos can compete with the best in the world and emerge as victors!

True enough, Mr. Jose believed that too. Although he started saying that what Rizal modeled over a hundred years ago is now a myth to most Filipinos, he ended his statement in an uplifting tone. "Rizal matched wits with any white man" which garnered the world's respect. Proof is many nations have adopted Rizal as their hero as seen in many landmarks and statues from around Asia, Germany and in Spain.

National Artist F. Sionil Jose

What Is Rizal's Relevance Today?

Mr. Jose said that he was in Grade V when he first read the translated versions of the Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo. He said that since his family was poor, they can't afford to buy books. He sold newspapers, he added, so that he could read. Even his mother who recognized his passion for learning, tried looking for books to satiate his hungry mind. He then went on to relate how his illiterate grandfather was deceived by some people and what his lolo told him between cries, "Mag-aral ka para hindi ka apihin." (Translation: Study hard so that no one can take advantage of you.)

It wasn't long before Mr. Jose was able to connect the dots between his grandfather's tragic life and Rizal's novels about the injustice suffered by Filipinos under Spain. That was why when he read the portion wherein Sisa's sons were accused by the friars, he cried, for he remembered what happened to his lolo (grandfather). From then on, Mr. Jose started hating social injustice and began pitying the oppressed. He said that he inherited that from reading Rizal's writings.

Rizal's oil portrait ( 1883) by Felix Ressurreccion Hidalgo

In that sense, Rizal wrote his novels not just to expose Spanish tyranny but also to teach his countrymen how to love the country. Interestingly enough, he was also known to be a big brother, who sometimes scolded his Filipino contemporaries living in Spain about their excessive spending.

In fact, Rizal and fellow compatriot Marcelo H. del Pilar saved their money to put up La Solidaridad!  Mr. Jose said that like Rizal, he believes that a nation is created not by the rich, but of writers, artists and musicians. Following this line of thinking, Mr. Jose said that Germany became powerful not because of its government officials but because of Goethe, Schiller and Beethoven, among others. European politicians at the time, he added, wanted to be associated with writers and artists because they shaped people's thoughts and memories.

Unfortunately, Filipinos don't have any memories, Mr. Jose said. Reflecting on this, I remember what my college professor once said. Reading is not a common habit among Filipinos unlike other nationalities for example who read even in subways and trains. Mr. Jose added that the beauty of Rizal's novels is that they give us memories of the past and strengthen our nationhood. Like many writers, Rizal  makes our history alive!

What Mr. Jose said afterwards made me truly think. Rizal was not Asian! Rizal was every bit "western" judging from his allusions to Greek mythology and proficiency in many languages: a polyglot conversant in 22 languages, maybe even more. I believe Mr. Jose used the word "western" to depict Rizal as a true renaissance man learned not only in literature but also in history, the arts and sciences capable of trading wits with anyone in the world!

With a passionate tone, Mr. Jose added, "Rizal was a super artist. Just imagine how much literature he must have created if he wasn't killed at 35!"

Since, Mr. Jose talked about a lot of things during the lecture, I believe it would be best to make an on-going series about my learnings on F. Sionil Jose's Reflections on Dr. Jose Rizal in future posts. As a fitting conclusion, I'd like to leave you with a portion from Rizal's "Letter to the Young Women of Malolos:"

"Ignorance is servitude, because as a man thinks, so he is; a man who does not think for himself and allowed himself to be guided by the thought of another is like the beast led by a halter." 


Orchard Road (Singapore) Glitters This Season Of Hope!

What is Christmas time without a plethora of glittering lights in all shapes, sizes even in varying textures and hues, right?

During our recent trip to Singapore, that was exactly what we saw. When we went out of 313@Somerset Mall, we were greeted by a hundred glittering lights straight from wonderland or something.

        Wondrous Lights Hovering Above Orchard Central, Orchard Road, Singapore

                          Merry Christmas Lights in Orchard Central, Orchard Road, Singapore

              Cute Pink Christmas Trees in Orchard Central, Orchard Road, Singapore

                    My Boys Strolling Around Orchard Central, Orchard Road, Singapore

               Moi and Tutapel in front of the lovely backdrop in Orchard Central

                         My OC Attitude Pose # 1 in Orchard Central, Orchard Road, Singapore

                                                          My Second OC Pose

Thank so much Ren for the photos!

                                     Mama Lydz with the Balingkis in Orchard Central

May the true reason of the season, Jesus Christ's birth to give us not only life eternal but also life in abundance, fill our hearts and minds all year round.


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