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Shop & Spa with Culte Femme and USwim

By | Events and Launches, What's New at Rustan's | No Comments
As a show of gratitude (and a good excuse to party!), the brand celebrates a Shop & Spa Summer party every year before Holy Week, wherein its VIP clients get to have first dibs at the latest collections while enjoying free spa treatments, cocktails and other treats by partner-sponsors like Essenses, Clarins, Ralphs Wines, Island Spa, Nail Tropics, Brazilian Bare and Haagen-Dazs. It was held in Gippy and Hindy’s residence. I could not help but insert a few photos since I really liked the interiors which Hindy artistically designed herself. I stayed the whole afternoon and shopped, did the whole spa thing and ate coffee flavored Haagen Dazs ice cream, my favorite :-)


Celebrity Cheesecake

By | Yummy! | No Comments

You have to try this cheesecake of Ton.  She gave us one last year and we all loved it.  It is so different from all the other cheesecakes we have tried.  Try it for yourself!  Try the CHUNKY version! YUUUUMMMMY!!!  I have not tried the others ( hint! hint! )  but be assured that the cheesecake base is really good.  That heart shaped cheesecake with strawberries is definitely my type!  Hearts! and Strawberries!
Basic New York Style (Plain) Chunky or Smooth        7″ – P1,000     9″ – P1,500
Basic New York Style (Sugarfree) Chunky or Smooth   7″ – P1,500    9″ – P2,000

Basic New York with fresh Strawberries                           7″ – P2,000     9″ – P2,500
Basic New York Heart Shaped with Fresh Strawberries     P3,000

Blueberry; Cherry; Strawberry; Banana; Mango; Apple additional P500
Oreo Cheesecake         7″ – P1,500     9″ – P2,000

Smoked Salmon Cheesecake    7″ – P2,500     9″ – P3,000
Baked Caviar Cheesecake         7″ – P3,000     9″ – P4,000
California Maki Cheesecake       7″ – P3,000     9″ – P4,000


The 7″ size is good for 10 persons and the 9″ is good for around  15 persons
For orders, call Maritoni Fernandez at  0917-5288664 anytime! Just order 7 hrs ahead 


Passion for garbage

By | Household Tips | One Comment



I visited my cousin in her apartment last week and learned something which made me smile…& therefore worth sharing…
I stumbled into this container in her place with all these recyclables.  What initially shocked me was to see how clean it was and to see even that tiny foil from the top of that yakult bottle.  We all probably segregate our trash and help in our village’s initiatives but I have not met anyone who takes this initiative so seriously and with so much passion.  She told me:

“I do it because it is my greatest fear to become a garbage scavenger. I really and truly feel for them, I see them all the time, and, imagine how hard it must be and I think that I know that it was a stroke of luck that put us in our families and not on the streets. moreover, fortunes can turn, and, who is to say that what I have now will be but temporary?”Whenever she throws her garbage, she makes sure that it is really garbage which no one should have to go through. She does not throw anything potentially dangerous which could harm someone, especially since scavengers hardly work with gloves or boots. Thus, all broken glass or medical sharps go into wrapped plastic bags to mark them as “dangerous.” Whatever she thinks could be useful to the scavenger, she has it washed and cleaned, and present it all in a clean plastic bag to the scavenger. She told me that when she got the information about the waste market, she just printed it and gave it to the family who benefits from her recyclables.
“I do it really because if we can do our part to give someone dignity in a job which really has none, then, all well and good.”



Wagyu Tapa rice

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Another yummy tapa is Wagyu tapa which is very similar to the sweet tapa i buy from Tapas de Gracia. One of my best friends, Rina Silang Reyes, is always a gracious hostess. I get a lot of good advice from her when it comes to home organization and other household tips. She is definitely my friend because she buys most of her beautiful things at Rustan’s, both supermarket & department store   Rina invented this rice recipe which I find very creative yet simple to make…… and is always a popular dish in her buffet:

Prepare and chop the following: Carrots, mongetout beans ( or baguio beans). Saute with olive oil and add the wagyu beef – sliced thinly or chopped in bits. Add cooked plain rice to mix.  Add dash of salt & pepper to taste. Add soya sauce (optional). Garnish with chopped spring onions.


All Silverware are from Rustan’s department store. 

Wagyu tapa: Viger Trading Tel. #: 816-1034 Regular: P 175.00 per 1/2 kilo pack and Special top Sirloin: P 250.00 per 1/2 kilo. 


TTT-Top Three Tapas

By | Finds, Yummy! | One Comment

I am in constant search for the best tapas in our country.  So far, these are the TOP 3 for me.  They are all the sweet type ( filipino style ).
1.)  Tapas de Gracia (cell# 0917-805-6207) – I discovered this in Salcedo market. She has a sweet and a salty version, I tried both but I prefer the sweet one.  It is P 180.00 for 1/2 kilo.

2.)  Sukiyaki tapa of Blue Kitchen.  This was introduced to me by my Mom and it is literally sukiyaki beef made into tapa. Delicious!  P 285.00 for 1/2 kilo. 


3.)  Shopwise Beef Tapa.  James kept repeating how tender the beef was and that it was good.  He is very picky and when he says he likes something, then I am happy I know what to feed him. And guess what, it is only P 43.75 for a 1/4 kilo pack.


If you have any other sources of yummy tapa, i hope you will share them with me.


Find us a Home

By | Classifieds/Segunda Mano | No Comments


Birang is looking for a home for her cockatiels.  One of her past-times is to breed them and handfeed the chicks. Hand-fed cockatiels are tame, can be handled by children easily, and will spend the whole day perched on the owner’s shoulder.

She has two young birds that  are ready to be weaned. Just P3,000. (Not enough to recoup the time she spent handfeeding them every 4 hours, but it is a labor of love. She just wants them to go to a good home.)

More photos can be found here:

Please contact Birang if you would like to adopt Daniel and Spice:



My Best Buys at Shopwise

By | What's new at Shopwise? | No Comments

I am a loyal Rustan’s supermarket shopper but I will definitely go to Shopwise just to buy the new items i discovered:

804774773503_0_alb.jpgShopwise Belly bacon!! unhealthy but everything I look for in bacon – fat, fat and more fat.  It is 250 grms. for P 84.00.  The best bacon for me in the Philippines is Hormel at P 110.25 for 220 grams.  I did a taste test and I would not mind substituting the belly bacon.  But Oscar Mayer for me is still the best bacon in the world and it is sometimes available in Rustan’s though I know that sometimes someone makes pakyaw the stocks even if it costs 3 to 4 times local brands.So i only buy it when we go to the States ……besides bacon is bad for your health!


Another discovery is the red lady papaya by Betagro.  I am not biased because I know my friend, Mayet Asis Batungbacal, supplies it. I asked the sales staff there to give me the sweetest papaya they had and this is what she gave me. When i got home I saw the brand and recognized it.   It is really so good and different from the others we have tasted.  James actually reminds me to buy some more and specifically refers to this one.  I am glad even fruits are BRANDED.    

841764773503_0_bg.jpgThe last item is this cute heart panty which I bought for my niece Danni. It had a cute heart dangling under a ribbon for only P 39.95.


La Cocina de Tia Moning

By | Foodie | 3 Comments
FINALLY!!! I have been wanting to experience Suzette Legarda Montinola’s place. We are 7 years late in coming to La Cocina de Tia Moning since it opened in 2000. It was a very nice and intimate experience. The food was very good and we were all stuffed since we had the tasting menu. Suzette recommended it as it had their most popular dishes. I started taking photos of the food and then totally forgot to take the other dishes ( the famous lengua in white wine ) since I was too busy eating :-) I was most especially happy to see my friend ( who I never see ) from Ateneo college who is by the way still SINGLE!!! :-) For more information and to see more photos, visit their website: