Derick’s pad in SF

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I enjoy visiting friends and family and seeing where and how they live. It is always a great honor to always be invited into someone’s home….to me it means, inviting you into their lives. Each one’s home is unique and reflects the personality of the people who live in it. So, you learn a lot about a person when you see how they live and the way they furnish and decorate their house. 

It was so nice to see our friend Derick, who we met in London more than 10 years ago. He is the cousin of our best friend Rina Silang Reyes. We always make it a point to meet up with him when we are in the States or when he is in the Philippines. Derick is a retail consultant and has worked with the biggest brands in the retail world- Polo Ralph Lauren, Reebok, Gap, and many more. We treasure our encounters with Derick as we always have many new things to learn from him – trends in fashion and anything in general, places to go to, developments in the retail industry and many more. We consult with him on almost anything as he is so smart. We always enjoy his company and friendship. He can talk and talk and we would never get bored. James said he instantly got along with Derick because of their common passion – CARS!
We had the chance to finally see his apartment in SF and we really loved it. He is mostly travelling to meet his clients but likes having his own home to go to.

My Birthday Cakes

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I received two delicious cakes on my birthday.  I am wondering if my friends are trying to fatten me up as I grow older. 

Tita Ludette Mossesgeld Moy gave me and my brother Lady M’s signature cake, Mille Crepes, which is 20 layers of hand made thin crepes, layered with a light custard cream.  THE BEST!!!! 


 I have tasted only one that comes close to this and it was by Gaita Fores in one of her deserts which I truly truly enjoyed, Crepe Dulce de Leche sapin sapin, carabao milk gelato, rum poached mangoes and strawberries, batangas cacao lava. What a creative desert….and truly DIVINE!!!  Gaita is one of my favorite chefs…I like her type of food….. and we have the same name.

Another cake I received was from my friend Derick Tee King.  It was a cake from Miette and it came in this beautiful wrapping.  Derick said that it is called the Princess Cake and he got it for me because he said I was a “princess.” Derick is definitely my friend!  “The cake shop darling and European birthday classic ~ always pale green with a pink rose. It consists of genoise sponge cake moistened with Chambord, a layer of homemade raspberry jam, pastry cream and lightly sweetened Straus Family Creamery whipped cream. Rather than the traditional marzipan covering, we drape our cake in a white chocolate fondant.”
754174773503_0_bg.jpgWhite chocolate!!! my favorite! 


Lady M:



Wood Grilled Pizzetas

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I have never tasted a pizza like this…..very, very thin crust and the toppings were really unique to me…Chef Kalt’s famous wood grilled pizzettas – the best in town- at the Corsa Cucina at the Wynn Hotel. Wild Mushrooms….Mushroom Puree, Robiola Cheese with White Truffle Oil and
Traditional Lardo…..Cured pork belly, Parmigiano Reggiano and Extra Virgin Olive Oil


Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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Tempt yourself in Chocolat, the signature chocolate shop of world-renowned Chef Frédéric Robert, Executive Pastry Chef of the Wynn Las Vegas, on the Wynn Esplanade. Javier’s favorite….. and mine. Javier removes the chocolate first, eats the gigantic strawberry then eats the chocolate. Funny…… and he keeps asking for more! 192846283503_0_alb.jpg


Two Worlds by Nicole

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On one occassion, I received a book from my cousins, M. Donnie and Crix. It was a beautiful compilation of poems by my hijada, Nicole. 

When I read her poems, I was very shocked that I had not experienced my hijada who had grown up so fast.  I hardly know anyone who can express herself so well at that age.  Many describe it as “deep” and “dark” but I guess that is what adolescents go through and it just so happens that Nicole can express it through her literary talents.  Atleast she has a way of venting her thoughts and her emotions……. and now she has shared it through her book. I am so proud of her. 




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My batchmate in Assumption highschool, Chef Jill Ignacio-Busuego, started catering in 1991 soon after graduating from the University of the Philippines (UP). Chef Jill also took her culinary education at the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park, New York after graduating from UP.
A rare blend of class, healthy food, quality service, and affordability, Delicioso Philippines was established to fullfill a dream to be actively involved in creating healthy alternatives to “fast food” or everyday food. Since its establishment in June of 2005, it has kept its promise of providing reasonably priced meals whilst giving quality service and ingredients, and providing restaurant quality food at the comforts of your home and office.

I asked Jill what her popular dishes are:
1. Ravioli- whole wheat with low fat cheese & spinach, regular ravioli – made fresh in the kitchen, sold frozen or ready to eat
2. HIckory Spareribs
3. Chicken Parmigiana
4. Lemongrass Chicken Skewers
5. Pastas
6. Salads- Mango Poppy Seed
7. South Beach Special of the Day- Clients who have been on the program & want to control their Lunch order so they are not tempted to eat “fast food”
8. Caviar Pie – popular because it is made in different shapes & sizes
8” X 4“ Regular Round Pie P1680
8” X 4” Low Fat Round Pie P1792
In Single Serve 4” Diameter Regular P550.00
In Single Serve 4” Diameter Low Fat P675.00
9. Smoked Salmon Cheese Balls- A blend of different chesses
Comes in two varieties: Smoked Salmon & Cheese Cheeseball, and Three Cheese Cheeseball.
-Regular small (300g) P420
-Big (400g) P610
-Low fat small (300g) P460.00
-Big (400g) P650.00

According to Jill  “Delicioso does catering- full service or just food orders. We give quality food- restaurant standard at very reasonable prices. The South Beach Diet Packaged Meals is very popular with us because clients get results- they lose 8-14 lbs in 14 days and yet they enjoy the meals. I am very hands on with clients that often they actually call me for advice on what to eat in a specific restaurant. Once I had to choose from the buffet list what the client would eat during her meeting- the hotel in Singapore emailed me the menu choices so they could prepare her meals. Most clients- I would say 75% of them have repeated at least once until they got to their desired weight. Clients who have been on the diet often ask just for lunch orders be delivered to them. So we are also flexible with the contracts. We update the menu at least once a month. We offer both Phase 1 & 2 Meals.”


They are proud to have been certified by Qualibet Testing Laboratory that the meals they serve are of the best quality. Qualibet reassures that the theoretical assumptions are validated Scientifically. They check for protein, fat, carb content as well as sanitiation. They constantly send food items for testing to ensure that the clients get only the best. This is especially true for the South Beach Packaged Diet Meals.Visit her website for more information:


When you know you look good, you feel good…..

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“I love it when someone tells me I look pretty. I think every woman loves hearing this compliment. Beauty and pretty is something anyone can posses. Makeup is not about having perfectly painted, caked makeup to give the illusion of flawless, but to have it on because it is smooth, natural and healthy looking. My goal is to help women appreciate and enhance their own natural beauty. I want women to develop her own sense of style, and learn to love the way they look.” Sabs Hernandez, Professional Makeup Artist

Carla ( Sabs ) is the sister of my sister in law, Margs( bride in photo ).  I am glad to have met the sisters who are both very simple and remind me of the closeness me and my sister, Maricar, have. 



 I am particularly inspired by what Carla has to say about beauty and make up………
“If you aren’t in the habit of regularly wearing makeup…you should. University studies have found that there is a direct correlation between makeup and emotional well being. Additionally, they noted that self confidence, self esteem, social anxiety, and even satisfaction with one’s looks, were all higher in women who regularly used makeup. It’s sort-of like secretly wearing a red thong that women sear make them feel sexier, and more womanly.
Wearing makeup enhances your natural beauty. It accentuates your features by adding an extra bit of refined radiance. Walking out the door knowing that you’re looking extra good will have a major impact on your emotional well being.
You’ll feel an extra bounce of confidence, energy, and a desire to be seen. At its simplest, it comes down to this…when you know you look good…you feel good. Makeup can provide you with a psychological edge each and every time you use it. By becoming a regular user of makeup, you’ll see a beneficial impact in every aspect of your life.”

For every face Sabs does, a donation will be made to the Animal Kingdom Foundation Inc.


For more on Sabs and the services she can offer visit:  She has plenty to share in her website including make up techniques.