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Monthly Archives: July 2010

week 1: Goober

Starting this week, I will try to feature our pan de sal filling every week, which is by the way could be my latest supermarket find too 🙂


For this week, we had Goober PB & J!


Goober Peanut Butter and Jelly.  The best of Smucker’s … all in one jar. Goober combines wholesome fresh-roasted peanuts and Smucker’s Concord Grape or Strawberry Jelly to create peanut butter and jelly perfection.

Goober is a slang term for peanut; it may be used to informally refer to a person who is acting silly or funny. (source:  Wikipedia)

Chocolat, habit forming

A week ago, I was invited at the press event of Ibayo by Barrio Fiesta, which was located at San Miguel by the Bay, SM Mall of Asia. And right after that fulfilling dinner, Che and I look for some place to hang out while waiting for our ride.


We were thinking of Starbucks but we ended at Chocolat. Not bad huh because I enjoyed it a lot! You know my love for chocolate and cheese would always be on top. 🙂

We had,


Bailey’s . Classic cake with hazelnut spread filling, topped with hazelnut chocolate cubes P60.00 (whole-P505.00)


Blueberry Cheesecake  P110.00 (whole -P990.00)

I look forward on trying Kahlua, Death by Tablea, NY Cheesecake, Tablea Cheesecake and Classic Milkshakes!

From now on, this will be a habit too. 🙂

Chocolat Deep Dark Chocolate Cakes

SM Mall of Asia

G/F North Parking Bldg., Pasay (near McDonald’s)

Tel. 556-0188

Honey and Daisy’s pastries

During our last trip to the Northern region I missed to bring home Marsha’s delicacies because it was a little distant to my husband’s hometown. Unlike the previous years, we have plenty of time to drive all the way to Candon City or Vigan.  So, pasalubong this time is just so so ( I thought of it initially :)) because I only grab it at a Shell gas station in Tarlac just before we make an entry at SCTEX.


Honey and Daisy’s Pastries is very new to me. What made me consider this? The lovely box, I always consider the packaging and presentation, I bet you also do.

And finding Marzipan was unexpected, I am a big fan of this sweets. Since when? I don’t exactly remember but husband and I used to buy pieces of this at Rustan’s Supermarket.


Marzipan is defined as almond paste: a sweet paste made of ground almonds and sugar, often with egg whites or yolks, used as a layer in cakes or molded into ornamental shapes.


I googled and this is the only details I got for Honey and Daisy’s Pastries. Will check it soon, I might be visiting Pampanga few months from now 🙂

For now “taste the sweetness of life…”

birthday looties

I am shortly back to business but just like last April (when I did wedding planning with OTD for my cousin) the thing is I am doing it again FREE. 🙂

This time the looties is for my goddaughter, Aejna Marie who will be partying on Sunday-Aug 1. She is celebrating her seventh and I wish her a happy one!


Wishes will come true on Sunday, as she become a princess to everyone! 🙂



P.S. I accept small time event planning so contact me if you need one 🙂

heavy rains, hungry tummies

Despite the heavy downpour yesterday, husband and I drove to Manila area to buy supplies for an upcoming birthday party.

We thought of delaying this activity after the heavy rain cause flooding almost all over the major roads that we passed by. Actually, I fear that we end trapped and the only way out is to walk and brave the floodwaters. Oh my! I don’t remember and I don’t want to remember either when was the last time I walked on flood, getting stinky and all that. Back in college probably because the university is luckily located at the university belt so what can you expect during rainy months? Okay, that was loooooooong ago and I don’t want to go through those days again.


After battling with traffic plus flooded roads, we arrived at Binondo in an hour or so. Like the usual, from Binondo church we would take a walk going to Divisoria proper. Imagine the muddy street we face along the way.

We hurriedly buy all the necessaries and left the place, this is not the perfect time to shop so I skipped 168 Mall.


Even if husband and I were drenched in rainwater, we did not let the chance passed without dining at a favorite Chinese eatery.

Coming from a very tiring activity our appetite was bigger than the usual. 🙂


And I can order even without this handy menu, it took me a minute to complete our set.

We had,


Hakaw, one of our favorites!

Steamed Tofu, I always love to order this; it was like eating fresh taho.


Steamed Spareribs for husband


Fish Fillet for me  🙂 

On our way home I felt heavy, that was the first time I finished their rice topping without hubby’s help. Burp!

Happy Monday foodies 🙂

Ilocos, my second home (last part)

This is the last part of my Ilocos trip, yeah it took some time to finish there were plenty of intermission and work back at the office is killing me softly…hehehe

Monday-Jul 19 we drove back to Manila but before that, I would like to share our last few moments at Ilocos.


We bid goodbye to Nanang and Tatang just before lunch time and since I was thinking that it would probably take another year for me to visit I have to make the most of it. 🙂

Even Manong take hold of the time with them because it would take him another year or more to be back to the Philippines.

I felt a little bad 🙂 ; I wasn’t able to do a family picture of my husband’s family before we left. It was because Manang Dalen and Manang Linda went ahead of us at the riverbanks.


Anyhoo, I went ahead and gave the two sons a souvenir photo with the two oldies. I would have loved it if it were the entire family…sighs again! Now, I am wondering when they will get-together again, a year after? Five years from now? I really cannot tell…

Okay, another thing I missed was a photo of Bea and me on this green rice fields. It was because husband kept on saying okay will do that tomorrow and that tomorrow never came 😐

So I content myself with these very scuttle photo…


This time we chose to cross the river by a bamboo raft, husband had a hard time getting hold of our Bea. She was very insistent to jump off and swim.


We did not skipped dropping by at the parish church of Tagudin, Ilocos Sur before we travel back to Manila.

I had the chance to shoot some while husband and Manong revisit and probably reminiscing the compound they were both very familiar.


Finally, I convinced the four of them to pose for me…yehey! 🙂


We made a short stop at Tagudin’s Yellow Market to buy some snacks. I heard that Mayor Versoza was a solid P-Noy, so that answers why this establishment was painted in yellow. 🙂


Passing at San Fernando, La Union I spotted this eating-place, which my friend Mike had previously recommended. However, not this time…maybe soon 🙂


And to Damortis, where we bought dried fish and squids. Manong will bring home to Canada plenty of those dried goodies, his pasalubong to friends and to his wife, Helen.

I gained a little knowledge from Manang Linda while at Damortis. She was telling like, people at this place should not be selling dried fish; instead they should sell kamatsile or other known as Manila tamarind. Why? Because Damortis itself is kamatsile in Ilocano (try Ilocano dictionary). Thanks for that knowledge power Manang L. 🙂


Back to our long drive to Manila, there were times I felt sleepy and almost did. Like, I always do, I want to keep awake to keep every details of the road and places to visit soon. And funny but I was missing Ilocos in my mind. And my in-laws old age saddened me a bit; I wish they would live long enough to see our future kids.


When we hit this at the expressway, I know we are home. I missed the city lights but once in a while, I know I need to get away and smell the greenest grass of June.

I wish you all a brand new week, thank you for taking some time folks 🙂