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By | Household Tips, What's New at Rustan's | No Comments

180684773503_0_alb.jpgI thought citronella was used only for candles to drive mosquitoes away.  There are so many other uses which I discovered.  

There was a time I was having problems with ants in my house since we leave a lot of snacks and chocolates on our tables or just in the kitchen or pantry.    My cousin, Ana taught me a tip to get rid of those ants!  She is such a great resource for household tips.  

After thorough detergent cleaning, wipe all surfaces which are prone to crawling insects (mainly the kitchen and bathroom) with a cotton pad soaked in full strength citronella essential oil. Use a flat cotton pad over the cotton balls since it makes the most efficient use of a fairly expensive essential oil. Another way would be to dilute it in water as a spray, but, Ana recommends to use cotton in full strength.dsc_0115.JPG
After the area is thoroughly cleaned,put a cotton ball dabbed in citronella inside a small plastic container in the area. Do remember to keep the citronella away from any food which is not sealed tightly as your food might taste lemony or like citronella. 

Citronella keeps away the flying insects to a limited degree, but, it really keeps away all sorts of crawling insects ( cockroaches and ants especially )  and the best part about it is that it is all natural and not harmful.

Available at Rustan’s Supermarket Fresh, Rockwell and Makati. 

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Benefits from Citronella

**This perfect plant for the tropics is a natural insect repellant that can keep household pests like mosquitos, cockroaches, ants and house lizards at bay. Public areas with the likes of public toilets and baths, hospitals, kitchens, stadiums and others are the perfect places to need this essential oil as cleaning agent.

**For household use a few drops of this essential oil in water to clean the floors, toilet bowls and kitchen sinks and bathroom and kitchen walls and ceiling and rooms of the house to keep ants, cockroaches and lizards away and to keep mosquitoes at bay.

 **Its biodegradable and antiseptic property makes it an ecological substitute to chlorine as a swimming pool fungicide.

**Use a few drops in your laundry water to keep the moths from attacking clothes in the cabinets and those to be stored.

**This essential oil can be added to carrier oil in oil lamps to keep mosquitoes away in the outdoors or open places.

**It can also be placed in spray cans to scent the rooms, cars, office space and other spaces to keep it from mosquitoes.

**Most pet lovers dub a drop or two of this essential oil behind the ears of their pets to free them from fleas. Sometimes it is added to pet soaps and shampoos


Maurizio Ristorante

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We had dinner in Maurizio Ristorante since we just found out that this is owned by our friends, Mykie Ozaeta and Emerson Yao of Lucerne. The eggplant dip which came with the pane di casa was very good. The pastas and risottos were very good as well and the black cherry gelato.

Beyond Bamboo

By | Finds, Shopping | No Comments
Isn’t she lovely?
Sheila Bermudez Romero introduced me to her beautiful store, Beyond Bamboo, which just turned two years old this month. It is beyond bamboo because it is not the typical Asian style though some items are sourced from Asia, but MODERN in design and look. She is partners with her sister, Trisha Bermudez who is an Interior Designer. So they can do your whole house and furnish it with all the items that they offer.
Sheila does the business devt., marketing, and other day to day functions and the buying which she enjoys the most as she loves to travel. She used to be a restauranteur and owned Azzuro Bistro but sold it to give way to her motherly duties to her four children. She is a very hands on Mom! We actually met her during the Europe Tour as she accompanied her 14 year old daughter the whole three weeks. Wow! We are fortunate to have met Sheila.You can also visit her multiply website for more photos on their items:

September Mothers Club

By | Events and Launches | No Comments
September 20, Thursday 2:00pm
“Get Fit in 10 Minutes!” by Coach Jim Saret
Get Ready for the Holidays with a Festive Meal by MARY GRACE Dimacali (of the famous cheese rolls & ensaymadas)Thanks to Ola and Gigi for organizing this month’s Mothers Club.
We realized we should have been in our gym outfits so we could do the 10 minute workout of Coach Jim Saret….but I was so amazed when our host, Mimie, actually changed into her outfit and demonstrated for us. She is a perfect host and I love it because she is always “game” to participate and lead the group. We were very impressed with what we learned from Coach Jim and how he convinced us to do this 10-minute workout everyday, but after “getting fit in 10 minutes” we go back to eating and gaining back the calories we lost in the 10-minute workout! :-) Mary Grace of course did not reveal her secret recipes for her famous Ensaymadas and cheese rolls, instead she taught us some very interesting dishes which were all very simple to do, yet delicious. Another fruitful day at Mothers club!

by Anton R. Mendoza

By | Homes and Interiors | 4 Comments
ELEGANT and BEAUTIFUL! Beautiful living room…This is proof of UNLIMITED POSSIBILITIES!! as long as you are creative and always look out of the box…..I could never imagine a living room this high and yet it exists. The lighting all around the house, inside and out, is done really well. Beautiful works of art….and there is more. Hope to be able to take photos of the other rooms when it is completely finished.

Elbert’s Steak Room

By | Foodie | One Comment
Sept. 18, Tuesday
We wanted to have a good dinner with some friends and we did…at Elbert’s Steak Room. Aside from being the famous Mac expert, Elbert is now also known for his steaks. There was a need to have a good steak place in Manila, so he wanted to fill that demand.
Everyone talked about how difficult it was to find the place because it had no sign and we asked Elbert why it was that way and he said that it was not a priority because he would like his customers to come on purpose and know what they are getting into and know what to expect….. and true enough, just by word of mouth, his place is always booked in its one month of operations.For more information visit his website:

Marybeth and Cupcakes

By | Great Achievements, Yummy! | One Comment

197361503503_0_alb.jpg 298459403503_0_alb.jpgMarybeth treated me to “Cupcakes” for merienda….She ordered 4 kinds which we shared. And as always, I ate the icing on top. YUMMY!!

Marybeth is my friend because:

1.)  She treated me to Cupcakes! 

2.)  Her parents and my parents are friends

3.)  Her siblings – Bobby, Caloy and Trish are our friends

4.)  She loves Rustan’s

5.)  She likes to help people and she says she does it in her own little ways

6.)  She is very close to her family and loves them that until now she eats lunch with her Lola everyday and dinner with her family every night

7.)  She is young at heart!

8.)  She makes me laugh and laugh and laugh!

9.)  The more I learn about her, the more I like her!

What a nice surprise when we got there to find out that they are celebrating their 1st year anniversary this month. 843449403503_0_alb.jpg


Happy Birthday CUPCAKES!   

189698403503_0_alb.jpgOn our way out, I got to meet the owner, Sonja. I join Marybeth in admiring Sonja for taking that risk and starting her own business….which is now a success!!  More power to Sonja !!     



Time for Caring

By | Green, What's New at Rustan's | No Comments


Rustan’s Supermarket has come up with this really nice reusable bag which you buy for only P 99.50 and use to put your groceries instead of using plastic bags which harms the environment.  The nice thing about it is that you not only SAVE the ENVIRONMENT but you get DOUBLE POINTS on your FRESH Shopping Rewards card for everything that fits in the bag. 



“So the more you shop with these bags, the more points you will earn, the more rebates you receive and the longer we preserve Mother Earth! Join us in this valuable mission.”



Also, watch out for these signs while shopping around the supermarket.  By purchasing certain products, a portion of the proceeds will go to the WWF.[email_link]