#BakeItTilYouMakeIt: Our Baking Mama Gift Set from Ka Tunying’s

As a working mom, I try not to let my hectic work schedule get in the way of my kids’ enjoyment. Things like freshly baked desserts served right after a family meal are what treasured childhood memories are made of.

However, baking is not always easy, right? Stocking up on ingredients and shopping for essential utensils can be tedious and time consuming. If only baking could be made a bit easier…

Well, Ka Tunying’s got something for busy moms who also want to try their hand at baking: the Our Baking Mama Pack!

Ka Tunying’s Brownie Pre-Mix
Ka Tunying’s Brownie Pre-Mix
Ka Tunying's Brownie Pre-Mix
Ka Tunying's Brownie Pre-Mix

This sweet little package contains an apron, a wire whisk, a baking mitt, a rubber spatula and a 500-gram brownie pre-mix, essentially a starter kit for a baking mama.

And here are the goodies that were brought about by this gift set in mere minutes.

Ka Tunying's Brownie Pre-Mix
Ka Tunying's Brownie Pre-Mix
Ka Tunying's Brownie Pre-Mix
Ka Tunying's Brownie Pre-Mix

Awesome, aren‘t they?

All I had to do was pour the contents of the jar into bowl and mix in 3/4 cup butter, 1/4 cup vegetable oil and 3 beaten eggs until just combined. Then I divided the batter into two separate baking pans – one of which I topped with just chocolate chips and the other I topped with chocolate chips and chopped walnuts. After that, they went into a pre-heated 350-deg F oven and baked for a little over twenty minutes.

Ka Tunying's Brownie Pre-Mix
Ka Tunying's Brownie Pre-Mix
Ka Tunying's Brownie Pre-Mix
Ka Tunying's Brownie Pre-Mix

Once they’re done baking, I let them cool down for a few minutes then cut them into squares. Upon serving, I topped the brownies with a dollop of vanilla ice cream.

My kids loved them!

Ka Tunying's Brownie Pre-Mix
Ka Tunying's Brownie Pre-Mix

So mommies, get a headstart on your baking adventures with the Our Baking Mama Pack from Ka Tunying’s, available for just Php999 this May. To order, call +63 995 2376684 or +63 917 1038673.

Got fellow momshies whom you’d like to treat with something special? Why don’t you gift them with other gift packs from Ka Tunying’s such as:

  • Kitchen Queen Mother (Php999): includes an apron, a food tong, a wooden ladle, a cooking mitt, a 250-ml jar of Ka Tunying’s Gourmet Tuyo and a 220-gram jar of assorted pasta shells
  • Break Ka Muna, Ma! (Php999): includes 3 pcs sugar cookies, a double-wall mug, a 120-gram jar of ground coffee, a 370-gram jar of butterscotch and a 120-gram jar of choco crinkles
  • As Sweet as You, Mom (Php249/6pcs | Php369/9pcs): special Mother’s Day cookies

Sumptuous snacking at Silverspoon, Tomas Morato

Did you welcome the loosening of quarantine restrictions and the prospect of being able to dine out?

I know I did!

Aside from the assurance that the pandemic is steadily easing its hold on the metro, the added freedom to wander about has allowed me and my friends to meet up for a sumptuous snack at one of my new favorite haunts: Silverspoon.

A cozy and hidden spot in a busy food haven

This little cafe tucked away in a quiet side street near the busy food hotspot Tomas Morato Avenue is the brainchild of young entrepreneur Decie Montefrio, who transitioned her thriving food delivery business during the pandemic into a lovely brick-and-mortar restaurant that serves a combination of Filipino and intercontinental dishes.

SilverSpoon Snack
SilverSpoon Snack
SilverSpoon Snack
SilverSpoon Snack

I just love its minimalist aesthetic and comfy furnishings, it offers you a bright yet cozy setting for a satisfying meal or a light repast, whether you’re going solo or with friends.

Plus, the place also offers WiFi access so you can enjoy a change of scenery as you study or do some remote work here.

Expanded menu to include snackables

Recently, Decie and her team expanded Silverspoon’s menu to also include lighter dishes, perfect for a quick lunch or snack in between meals.

SilverSpoon Snack
SilverSpoon Snack
SilverSpoon Snack
SilverSpoon Snack

These include tasty sandwiches accompanied by a side of fries and housemade sauce, as well as mouth-watering appetizers and a kid-friendly pasta dish which can be paired with Silverspoon’s signature handcrafted drinks. Check them out!

Tapa Burger (Php265). Tender slivers of savory cured beef on cucumber and tomato, topped with julienned greens.

SilverSpoon Snack
SilverSpoon Snack

Mushroom Burger (Php265). Silverspoon’s vegetarian sandwich option with thin mushroom slivers sauteed in garlic on cucumber and tomato topped with crispy-fried veggies.

SilverSpoon Snack
SilverSpoon Snack

Crispy Chicken Sandwich (Php275). Crispy Southern-fried chicken breast fillet on cucumber and tomato topped with crispy onion rings and julienned greens.

SilverSpoon Snack
SilverSpoon Snack

Fish Fillet Sandwich (Php290). Crispy fried fillet of fish on cucumber and tomato topped with crispy onion rings and julienned greens

SilverSpoon Snack
SilverSpoon Snack

Grilled Sausage Sandwich (Php310). Cheese-filled Hungarian sausage on cucumber and tomatoes topped with crispy-fried veggies.

SilverSpoon Snack
SilverSpoon Snack

SS Clubhouse (Php380). Generous layers of bacon, ham and egg with cucumber and tomatoes in between slices of lightly toasted bread served with a side of crunchy potato chips.

SilverSpoon Snack
SilverSpoon Snack

Buffalo Chicken Wings (Php250). Juicy fried chicken wing pieces covered in Buffalo glaze (your choice among 3 levels of spiciness) and served with housemade aioli.

SilverSpoon Snack
SilverSpoon Snack

Filipino-Style Meatball Spaghetti (Php285). A delight for kids who love sweet-style spaghetti, especially with the giant cheese-filled meatball at the center.

SilverSpoon Snack
SilverSpoon Snack

Ube Macapuno Cheesecake (Php245). Two Pinoy dessert flavors – ube and macapuno – combined in one decadent cheesecake.

SilverSpoon Snack
SilverSpoon Snack

Brewed Coffee (Php115). Freshly brewed from Arabica beans with Sagada, Kalinga, Barako, Hazelnut and Macadamia variants, available hot or iced.

SilverSpoon Snack
Hot Sagada
SilverSpoon Snack
Iced Kalinga

Chocolate (Php120). Silverspoon’s Signature classic thick and comforting chocolate, available hot or iced.

SilverSpoon Snack
Hot Chocolate
SilverSpoon Snack
Iced Chocolate

With such delicious inclusions to Silverspoon’s menu, it’s definitely all-set to be my all-day foodie haunt.

So the next time you crave for some snackables and want to hang out somewhere comforting and cozy, grab a friend or two and drop by Silverspoon to get that spoonful of happiness.

SilverSpoon Snack
SilverSpoon Snack
Silverspoon Snack
SilverSpoon Snack

Silverspoon Kitchenette is located at 81 Scout Gandia Street, Barangay Laging Handa, Quezon City, open daily for dine-in, takeout or delivery from 11am to 10pm. For inquiries, reservations or delivery orders, call +63 917 1603327. It also delivers via GrabFood and FoodPanda.

For updates on its latest offers, follow Silverspoon on Facebook or Instagram.

Disclosure: I attended a food-tasting event held at this restaurant. Food items mentioned here were served to facilitate an honest review and were not paid for by the attendees.

Check out my previous posts about Silverspoon:

#ItsAnIllosThing: Buffet Weekends at Illo’s Home, Greenhills

During the past two years which saw the world reeling from the pandemic crisis, celebrations at home offered a few, much-needed bright spots for Pinoys.

These occasions modestly spent with family and a few close friends gave us a look back into what our pre-pandemic lives used to be and a promise of what we can look forward to once this crisis is behind us.

Illo's Home
Illo's Home
Illo's Home
Illo’s Home

For many of us, Illo’s Party Trays were a great part of these home celebrations during quarantine. Founded by food connoisseurs Chef N and Anne Rovillos in December 2019, this venture showcased the possibilities that good food presents to people who are stuck at home for celebrations.

Guided by its principle of families dining at home as they celebrate life everyday, Illo’s Party Trays launched its “Dine at Home,” “Celebrate at Home,” and “Date at Home” concepts.

Illo's Home
Illo's Home
Illo's Home
Illo's Home

These feature great-tasting, hotel-quality food delivered by Illo’s own fleet from its cloud kitchens and commissaries to anywhere in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, Antipolo, Cavite, Laguna, Tagaytay, Batangas and some parts of Pampanga and Quezon, enabling people to have the means for merry-making with their nears-and-dears in the safety of home.

Illo’s Party Trays’ novel concepts generated social media buzz which further drove this food delivery service to remarkable growth.

Illo's Home
Illo's Home
Illo's Home
Illo's Home

With the pandemic slowly but surely easing its hold on the country, and with more urbanites looking for reasons to go out for their celebrations, Illo’s now offers venues where they can enjoy a superb dine-in experience: Illo’s Home.

The first of these restaurants opened in BF Homes Paranaque in February 2022, bringing an excellent selection of local and international cuisines to its dining public.

Illo's Home
Illo's Home
Illo's Home
Illo's Home

The second outlet of Illo‘s Home opened a month later at Greenhills Elan Hotel, where diners can enjoy the same scrumptious fare that Illo’s has become known for in a homey yet decidedly posh setting, which include walls with cascading water feature and displays of paintings by local artists.

To add one more reason for the metro‘s foodies to venture out of their homes and dine out, Illo’s Home hosts Weekend All-Day Buffet at its Greenhills branch.

Illo's Home
Illo's Home
Illo's Home
Illo’s Home

Here, foodies can enjoy a delicious all-you-can-eat spread of appetizers, entrees and desserts for just Php1,200++ per person. These include crowd favorites from Illo’s Party Trays such as: Crispy Binagoongan, Paella Valenciana, Paella Negra, Seafood Paella, Baked Penne, Baked Salmon, Beef Kare-Kare and Roast Beef.

So treat yourself and your loved ones to a memorable celebration of food and life at Illo’s Home Greenhills. You will discover that the moment you spend with great food and great company, is, well, an Illo’s thing.

Illo’s Home
Illo's Home
Illo's Home
Illo’s Home

Illo‘s Home Greenhills is located at the Upper Ground Floor, Greenhills Elan Hotel, 49 Annapolis Street, Greenhills, San Juan. All-Day Buffet is served during weekends: lunch from 10am to 2pm and dinner from 5pm to 9pm.

Book your table by calling these numbers:

  • 0969 230 0735 – Dan
  • 0956 508 7588- Mau
  • 0947 594 4117 -Alex

To stay updated on Illo’s Home’s offers, follow it on Facebook and Instagram.

To order from Illo’s Party Trays, visit its website or call 02 8522 9268. For more details, follow it on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Tiktok.

Disclosure: I attended an Influencer Event held at this restaurant. Food items mentioned here were not paid for by the attendees.

A boss-level treat for moms: #TrueBoss Gift Set

What’s your idea of a true boss?

In my career which spanned over two decades, I was lucky enough to have been managed and mentored by women who encouraged my curiosity, nurtured my drive and celebrated my achievements.

To me, they are true bosses.

At home, moms take on the same roles for their family:

  • Moms manage the family’s schedule and ensure that everyone has what they need to do well.
  • Moms optimize various resources for the family’s benefit.
  • Moms cultivate their kids’ talents and support them to achieve their full potential.

With these roles, we could say that moms are the true bosses of our families.

True Boss Gift Set
True Boss Gift Set

Well, true bosses deserve boss-level treats from time to time, right?

How about healthy and refreshing teas from True Boss?

These drinks contain fruit enzymes made from fermented fruits and vegetables and are packed with nutrients that help the body perform better by aiding digestion and giving the immune system a boost.

True Boss Gift Set
True Boss Gift Set

Instead of refined sugar, True Boss drinks make use of cane sugar which is easier for the body to process.

Lastly, fresh fruit toppings give the drinks some added taste and texture.

Here are some of True Boss’ tasty beverages that are definitely good for everyone, especially moms:

True Boss Gift Set
Peach Perfect (Php140 regular | Php155 large). Peach enzyme with double mango toppings.
True Boss Gift Set
Mango Cheese Milk Foam (Php165 regular). Cheese milk foam on Alpine Tea with mango toppings.
True Boss Gift Set
Berry Berry Good (Php140 regular | Php155 large). Cranberry enzyme with strawberry and mango toppings.
True Boss Gift Set
Strawberry Cheese Milk Foam (Php165). Cheese milk foam on green tea with strawberry toppings.

As a special treat for moms and the rest of the fam, these four drinks are available in a True Boss Gift Set for just Php599!

So give your mom a healthy and refreshing tea break, one fit for the True Boss of the family! Order online or visit or call any of these True Boss branches:

  • E. Rodriguez: +63 2 79002076 | +63 906 2945070
  • West Avenue: +63 2 77473171 | +63 916 2709916
  • Wilson: + 63 2 75271451 | +63 966 3276351
  • Mall of Asia: +63 2 77464608 | +63 967 4524087

To stay updated on its products and offers, follow True Boss on Facebook and Instagram.

True Boss Gift Set
True Boss Gift Set

Disclosure: Product samples were provided to facilitate this feature.

Camille Prats’ share tips to make kids love eating veggies

“I really used to struggle kasi hate na hate talaga ng kids ko dati ang veggies – ayaw nila yung taste. Taste is so important for kids, so I ensure na dapat na-eenjoy nila mga sineserve ko.”

Camille Prats

Have you sat with your kids way past mealtime just to make sure they eat their veggies on the plate? How about resorting to bargaining more gadget time for just one more bite of that carrots? Well, you’re definitely not the only momma doing that. Even celebrities like Camille Prats have to do a bit of negotiating just to get her kids to eat their veggies.

Luckily, she shares some handy hacks with Spot.ph to do the trick without the crying, the bargaining, and the unnecessary drama that fills mealtime.

Tang Oh My Gulay
Tang Oh My Gulay

Here are 3 easy peasy ways to get your kids to eat their veggies according to Camille:

  • Oh My Gulay! May Gulay! – Instead of only serving your kids veggies, partner your kids’ meals with Tang Fruit & Veg. It comes in two flavors: Orange Carrot, which has the Vitamin C from oranges and Vitamin A from carrots, and Dalandan Malunggay, which has the Vitamin C from dalandan and the Iron of malunggay. Tang Fruit & Veg has the delicious taste of fruits AND the nutrition from veggies in a drink that kids love! Camille can vouch this – her kids love its taste so much, they actually ask her for it themselves! Yummy na, masustansya pa! Oh My Gulay! Shop the NEW Tang Fruit & Veg here.
  • SmartMom Recipes – No need to work hard, just work smart! Incorporate veggies in delectable recipes that you know your kids will surely love. Your kids won’t notice that veggies are actually the main ingredient because of its delicious taste!
  • Appearance is key – Kids are very visual so it’s really all about making their plate look fun! Focus on making veggies look appetizing by using creative shapes and brightly colored bowls to increase their appetite. You can even add in their favorite animal or cartoon character for that extra wow factor! You can go as simple as making trees out of broccoli or more complex as making pirates from cucumbers– the idea stays the same: make it fun!

Images and details provided in a recent press release.

HBO drama series THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE premieres on May 16 on HBO and HBO GO

An extraordinary tale of a moving and spellbinding love unfolds in the new HBO Original series The Time Traveler’s Wife. The six-episode science-fiction and romantic drama premieres same time as the U.S. on Monday, May 16 at 9am on HBO and HBO GO, with a same day 10pm encore on HBO. A new episode will follow every Monday.

The genre-bending drama series expertly weaves themes of love, loss, marriage, and survival – in a story that defies the laws and logic of time.

Rose Leslie (HBO’s Game of Thrones) is Clare Abshire, fiery, clever, unstoppable – and for most of her life she has had an amazing secret. At six years old, Clare meets Henry, the future love of her life – and who, as a time traveler, is actually visiting from the future. Fourteen years later, when Rose wanders into the library where Henry, played by Theo James (Divergent) works, claiming not only to have known him all her life but also to be his future wife, a magical romance ensues that is as sprawling and complicated as Henry’s attempts to explain his “condition.”

In addition to Rose Leslie and Theo James, The Time Traveler’s Wife also stars Caitlin Shorey and Everleigh McDonell as younger versions of Clare Abshire; Brian Altemus and Jason David as younger versions of Henry DeTamble; as well as Desmin Borges as Gomez, and Natasha Lopez as Charisse.

An HBO and Warner Bros. Television production based on the book by Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler’s Wife is executive produced by writer Steven Moffat, director David Nutter (HBO’s Game of Thrones, The Sopranos); Sue Vertue (Sherlock, Coupling) and Brian Minchin (Doctor Who, Torchwood) through Hartswood Films; and Joseph E. Iberti (HBO’s Watchmen, Boardwalk Empire).

HBO Original Series as well as live channels are also available for streaming to SKYcable subscribers on HBO GO for as low as Php99/month.

Not yet on SKYcable? Fill up this form to apply.

Treat mom to Manila Ocean Park’s Under the SEAfood Buffet for an advanced Mother’s Day celebration

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I’m sure we’re all looking for ways to make it a day to remember for our moms.

The most important women in our lives deserve nothing but the very best on their special day, right?

The traffic jams during the mad scramble for our go-to restaurant haunts on May 8 will also stress our mamas out.

So why don’t we treat our moms to a truly memorable time at Manila Ocean Park the day before Mother’s Day?

On May 7, from 4pm to 9pm, with Manila Ocean Park’s Under the SEAfood Buffet (Php2,299/adult | Php1,839/kids 11 years old or younger), our moms and our loving families can look forward to:

A Scrumptious and Sustainable Seafood Dinner.

The whole fam can feast on the sea’s bounty with a delicious buffet spread laden with classic faves and fresh takes on Philippine and Asian seafood dishes as well as local produce, all ably catered by Hotel H2O’s Makan Makan Asian Food Village.

Manila Ocean Park
Manila Ocean Park

A Tour of the Park’s Well-Loved Attractions

Awaiting the family’s enjoyment – both the young and the young-heart – are six of the park’s educational and interactive attractions. From a trip into the watery depths at the Oceanarium and Jellies Exhibit, a sojourn to Antarctica for the Penguin Exhibit and the Christmas Village, to the playful forays into the Super Toy Collection and World of Creepy Crawlies, there’s something to catch everyone’s fancy.

Manila Ocean Park
Oceanarium
Manila Ocean Park
Jellies Exhibit
Hotel H2O
Penguin Exhibit
Manila Ocean Park Reopening
Christmas Village
MOP Summer
Super Toy Collection
MOP Summer
World of Creepy Crawlies

Meet and Greet with Manila Ocean Park’s Mermaid

Let’s make our moms’ fairytale fantasies come true with an encounter with Manila Ocean Park’s mesmerizing and magical mermaid.

Manila Ocean Park
Manila Ocean Park

Plus, our moms also get their very own special flower souvenir from Manila Ocean Park to commemorate their special day.

A pre-Mother’s Day celebration at Manila Ocean Park is a great way to trear our mamas to new and exciting experiences while showing them our love and appreciation.

So what are you waiting for?

Set up your family’s advanced Mother’s Day celebration at Manila Ocean Park today. Book your tickets here.

Manila Ocean Park
Manila Ocean Park

Do take note of these details:

  • Event will be held on May 7, 2022 from 4pm to 9pm at the Oceanarium Area.
  • Registration starts at 3pm.
  • Tour of attractions starts at 4pm and ends at 6pm.
  • Dinner buffet will be served from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.
  • Children below 2 feet are free of charge.

Manila Ocean Park is located behind the Quirino Grandstand, Luneta, Roxas Boulevard, Manila.

For more news and updates on its attractions and offers, follow Manila Ocean Park on Facebook and Instagram.

Check out my previous posts about Manila Ocean Park:

Photo Credits: Images of the Seafood Buffet and Mermaid were taken from Manila Ocean Park’s Facebook Page. Used with permission.

Kids, redraw your summer with Cartoon Network at Ayala Malls

Cartoon Network and Ayala Malls bring kids a fun summer full of adventure with the launch of the Redraw Your Summer program. Built on four pillars – “Craft Your World”, “Move Your World”, “Create Your World”, and “Imagine Your World” – malls become “worlds” where kids can explore creativity through arts, theater, and dance.

From May 1 to June 30, the program starts with a meet and greet with iconic Cartoon Network characters. Kids can also participate in designing community art murals featuring specially made Tweety 80th anniversary artwork at select Ayala Malls.

“Kids are going to love all the activities we have planned for them. Together with Cartoon Network, we’ve designed a full program that entertains through artistic expression – it promises to be plenty of fun,” shared Tintin Enriquez-Yabao, Ayala Malls Consumer Marketing Head.

With Crayola as the official creativity partner, the program comes to life through partnerships with Steps Dance Project, SOFA Design Institute, The Mind Museum, Global Art Philippines, and Make Believe Productions.

Craft Your World
SoFA Design Institute is the Philippines’ leading educational institution committed to the art and business of design. Program workshops to be offered in Glorietta, Alabang Town Center, TriNoma, Greenbelt, and Market! Market! are designed to encourage kids to jazz up their summer style by crafting their own Cartoon Network themed mask lanyards, headgear, tops, and tote bags.

Move Your World
As one of the most innovative dance studios in the country led by Sofia Zobel-Elizalde, Steps Dance Studio takes pride in developing Filipino talent. The studio will hold workshops for kids to groove to their favorite Cartoon Network tunes! Workshops will be held at Glorietta, Alabang Town Center, TriNoma, Greenbelt, Market! Market!, U.P. Town Center, and Ayala Malls Cloverleaf. Marquee, Abreeza, and Solenad will also work with community partners for dance and martial arts workshops.

Create your World
Established in 1999, Global Art is the largest international art enrichment program for children. To be held at Alabang Town Center, Glorietta, Ayala Malls Manila Bay, Abreeza, and Greenbelt, Global art will lead workshops for kids to discover their inner artist by coloring their favorite Cartoon Network stars. U.P. Town Center, Solenad, Ayala Malls Serin, Centrio Mall, and The District Imus will also work with various artists and organizations.

Imagine your World
Make Believe Productions is a leading creative arts group that ushers children into worlds of wonder through imaginative play. Kids can enjoy Cartoon Network theater workshops at Alabang Town Center, Glorietta, Trinoma, Ayala Malls Manila Bay, Feliz, and Market! Market! The Mind Museum will partner with Glorietta, The District Imus, Marquee, and Harbor Point for science shows for kids looking for fun ways to learn about science.

A Fun and Adventurous Summer Awaits!
There’ll be plenty of games, prizes, and meet & greets featuring super stars from We Bare Bears, Ben 10, The Powerpuff Girls, Adventure Time, and The Amazing World of Gumball.

“This year, we will empower kids to rediscover the fun of summer while honing their skills and making new friends–all within the safe and secure space Ayala Malls offers,” said Eunice Velasco Ayala Malls Marketing Director.

Visit www.ayalamalls.com for full details. Health and safety measures will be implemented.

For more cool experiences online, follow @iloveayalamalls and @cartoonnetworkasia. Share all your Redraw Your World moments by using the hashtags #AyalaMalls #WhereAmazingIsReal #CartoonNetwork #CNRedrawYourSummer #AmazingCreativityCamp.

Details, images and video provided in a recent press release.

All natural sweetness from Pure Via Stevia

Sugar permeates practically all of our food stuff. Aside from being a sweetener, it also acts as a preservative, texture modifier, coloring or flavoring agent and as an aid in fermentation.

However, sugar does have its downsides, especially if its consumed excessively. Being so calorie-rich, it can lead to weight gain and accumulation of visceral fat, and can increase risk of heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes, certain forms of cancer and even depression. Its ill effects may even manifest in our outward appearance in the form of increased acne and accelerated skin aging.

Pure Via Stevia
Pure Via Stevia
Pure Via Stevia
Pure Via Stevia

Clearly, as we transition to our more mature years, we should wean ourselves away from sugar. Well that is easier said than done, considering how ubiquities it is, and, of course, how appealing sweet foods are to us.

Fortunately, we now have sugar substitutes that are all-natural, such as Pure Via Stevia.

Pure Via Stevia
Pure Via Stevia

Made from the leaves of the stevia plant, Pure Via Stevia contains no sugars, calories, cholesterol nor carbs and is 200 times sweeter than sugar. In fact, 1 small stick of Pure Via at zero calories is equivalent to two teaspoons or sugar which contains 32 calories.

You can use it to sweeten your coffee or your smoothies, so you can start your day on a sweet but healthier note.

You can also modify your favorite dessert recipes using Pure Via Stevia as a substitute for sugar, making your cakes, pastries and creams a lot better for you.

Pure Via Stevia
Pure Via Stevia
Pure Via Stevia
Pure Via Stevia

So stock up on this wonder ingredient by adding it to cart in time for Shopee’s 5.5 Brands Festival and take advantage of discounts up to 50% off at the Equal Official Store.

During this online sale from April 26 to May 7, you can score a wide assortment of brands at unbelievable deals with 50% off Brand Bundles, 10% off daily, and Free Shipping with ₱0 min. spend.

So get started on a healthier way of life that is just as sweet as you like it to be with Pure Via Stevia.

Disclosure: Product samples were provided to facilitate this feature.

Why we moms should keep Getein PH testing kits in our bags

There’s no doubt that when the IATF declared Metro Manila under Alert Level 1, we moms were among those who breathed a huge sigh of relief.

At long last, after more than two years of living under strict community quarantine regulations, our families can now get some semblance of how we used to live prior to the arrival of the pandemic to our shores.

We started venturing out of our homes and exploring our world again: dining out, watching movies, visiting parks and going on staycations.

Hotel H2O
Hotel H2O
Sa Aming Munting Paraiso
Jennifer’s Abode, Tagaytay

These adventures added some fun, variety and excitement to our lives, especially for our kiddos who had been stuck at home for over two years.

But make no mistake, momshies, COVID-19 is still here and we should remain just as vigilant now as we were before. In fact, now is not the time to let go of our “mommy spidey senses,” in other words, our “pagka-praning!”

Getein PH
Getein PH
Getein PH
Getein PH

Aside from following the now golden rules of wearing facemasks, maintaining physical distancing, keeping our homes and belongings clean and sanitized, as well as meticulously washing our hands, we should also be able to quickly detect if anyone in our immediate circle has been infected.

This will help us to immediately organize our home to quarantine and care for the infected person while keeping the other household members safe from the virus.

Fortunately, a proven effective yet easy-to-use COVID-19 testing kit was approved by the Food and Drug Administration early this year, giving us moms a readily accessible and convenient way to detect COVID-19 infection.

Getein PH
Getein PH

The Getein SARS-Cov-2 Antigen Self-Test Kit contains the following:

  • SARS-COV-2 Antigen Test Card
  • Sterile Swab
  • Extraction Tube with Sample Extraction Solution and Tip
  • Bio Hazard Sample Bag
  • User Manual

Using it is so easy! Just follow the steps in the manual and you’ll get your results in fifteen minutes. You can even get a certificate by uploading your results through Getein’s mobile using a QR code.

I’m sure that I can trust that this testing kit is reliable as it has RITM validated results at 96.43% sensitivity and 100% specificity

Now that more people are going out or returning to their schools or offices, we moms can’t afford to be complacent when it comes to guarding our families against COVID-19.

Getein PH
Getein PH
Getein PH
Getein PH

What we can afford to do, however, is to stock up on Getein SARS-Cov-2 Antigen Self-Test Kits for our weekly antigen testing at home. At only Php298 per kit and available at leading drugstores, this self-test kit is an essential item that should always be within easy reach, whether in our medicine cabinets or in our purses.

We can still be praning but we won’t be as helpless as before, thanks to our new partner in early COVID-19 detection: Getein SARS-Cov-2 Antigen Self-Test Kits.

Know more about Getein PH on Facebook and Instagram.

Disclosure: Sample products were provided to facilitate this feature.

Lumina Homes offers 5% discount on reservation e-vouchers for a limited period

We’ve loved Lumina Homes’ P100 discount, but from April 30 to May 7, 2022, you can enjoy up to P500 off the reservation fee at the Shopee 5.5 Brand Festival Sale!

Level up your online shopping and adulting skills by making a no-nonsense purchase—your very own Lumina Homes house and lot or condo unit this summer, which you can reserve by simply tapping on your mobile phone. And while you’re at it, take advantage of Lumina’s 5% off on reservation fee e-vouchers.

You can use this at Shopee Mall using this link. And here are the house models exclusively available on Shopee 5.5 Brand Festival Sale:

Lumina Shopee 5.5

Still wondering how to start? Here’s the step-by-step guide to claim you discounted e-voucher:

  • Proceed to Lumina Homes Shopee Mall store at www.shopee.ph/luminahomesofficial
  • Browse through the available or featured home reservation e-vouchers;
  • Read the e-voucher description and chat with the seller to inquire about Lumina Homes projects location where you can use the e-voucher;
  • Choose your preferred e-voucher and click “Buy Now” or “Add to Cart” and pay for the e- voucher through Shopee Pay, GCash, or credit card.
  • The Lumina Homes Expert will receive a notification of the sale, then he/she will contact you to schedule an online appointment for marketing briefing and completion of documents.

Who knew reserving your first home (or investment) could be as easy as ordering your favorite goodies at Shopee, and at a super discount? The promo only runs for 1 week so hurry now, grab your phone and look for Lumina Homes in the Shopee app.

Here’s how to get Php500 off when reserve your own Lumina home online:

  1. Visit Lumina Homes’ website.
  2. Click “E-Services” and “Reserve Online” then fill out your details.
  3. Fill out the project name, phase, block and lot of your preferred Lumina project.
  4. Proceed to payment and use my code JLBLMN500. Payments via GCash or debit/credit cards are accepted.

Details provided by Lumina Homes in a recent press release.

New TV brand CARTOONITO encourages young ones to laugh, play and learn

Cartoonito has arrived! It’s time for youngsters to laugh, play and learn with a brand-new selection of shows every morning on Cartoon Network.

Now available, Cartoonito offers a modern approach to programming for youngsters aged 2-5. It’s a space for them to experience belly laughs and draw outside the lines, and where every show is designed to support each child’s unique potential.

This is achieved with an educational framework called “Humancentric Learning”. Designed by early childhood education expert, Dr Laura Brown, the curriculum features four pillars: Creativity, Caring, Curiosity and Courage. The brand aims to inspire kids to use their imagination, to learn from their mistakes, and to treat others with empathy and respect.

For example, in CGI-animated Lucas the Spider – based on the viral YouTube hit – curious jumping spider Lucas always demonstrates kindness and perseverance in his many adventures.

Other shows include Baby Looney Tunes, Dino Ranch, Monchhichi, Alice & Lewis, Ranger Rob, Mush Mush & The Mushables and Sesame Street-inspired Esme & Roy. They form a line-up that celebrates individuality and originality, while championing creativity, compassion and inclusion. Many of these shows – in addition to Sesame Street – are also available on the streaming service HBO GO.

Also new to audiences are Cartoonito’s very own stars. Meet Nito, Glob, Itty and Wedge. They love exploring the world and learning new things, and they’ll always be hand to guide viewers through in between shows.

In the recent weeks leading up to the launch, families in Asia were tasked to play hide and seek with the cute TV mascots, who popped up in well-known locations around the Philippines. Cartoonito has downloadable activity sheets and games available on its website, as well as an awesome Augmented Reality filter (launching mid-April) that encourages kids to dance along with Itty and be courageous and creative.

Tune into Cartoonito on Cartoon Network every morning on SKYcable Ch. 43 (SD) and Ch. 178 (HD). Find out more using #CartoonitoAsia, and at CartoonNetworkAsia.com/Cartoonito and on Facebook and Instagram.

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Details and video provided by Warner Bros. Discovery in a recent press release.

A family #StaycationByTheOcean at Hotel H2O

And just like that, we’re right-smack in the middle of summer, folks!

I’m sure that the sweltering heat and humidity of the city has got your family longing for a bit of rest ‘n relaxation surrounded by the refreshing and calming waves.

Well, the good news is that you won‘t have to travel far to get your dose of #VitaminSEA, because right here in the metro is a place where you and your family can immerse yourselves in the beauty and peace of the ocean: Hotel H2O!

Hotel H2O
Hotel H2O
Hotel H2O
Hotel H2O

This prime destination remains to be the only marine-themed urban resort in the country. As we can gather from its name, Hotel H2O has a deep affinity for the wonders of water, and its proximity to both the Manila Bay and Manila Ocean Park provide its guests with sea-themed options for entertainment and sight-seeing.

Want to know what makes Hotel H2O your fam’s best bet for summer fun and relaxation in the metro? Take your pick from these reasons:

1. You can enjoy a unique stay in your marine-themed room

Given the hotel’s proximity to the sea, it’s only fitting that Hotel H2O’s stylish, contemporary rooms would showcase the ocean’s resplendent beauty, particularly its Premiere Classic Bay Room.

This posh accommodation opens to a receiving area furnished with a spacious desk as well as a comfy sofa (that transforms into a day bed) and a large-screen LCD TV, making the option for family members to work remotely, then transition to relaxation and entertainment quite seamless.

Hotel H2O
Hotel H2O
Hotel H2O
Hotel H2O

The receiving room links to an opulent bedroom furnished with a king-size bed and an elegant en-suite marble bath with free-standing bath tub with a separate shower.

Hotel H2O
Hotel H2O
Hotel H2O
Hotel H2O
Hotel H2O
Hotel H2O

Of course, the room’s piece de resistance is the wall-to-wall window showcasing the scenic Manila Bay so you can enjoy that beautiful sunset view with the fam right in the comforts of your room.

Hotel H2O
Hotel H2O

On the other hand, Premiere Classic rooms that do not face the bay showcase an aquarium wall where guests can gain some serenity while watching the graceful dance of colorful fish against brilliant corals.

Hotel H2O
Hotel H2O
Hotel H2O
Hotel H2O

2. You have enjoyable options for physical activity

You can take advantage of the hotel’s Fitness Center to do some yoga, cardio or strength training. A few minutes here can get your brood pumped up and energized for the day.

Hotel H2O
Hotel H2O
Hotel H2O
Hotel H2O

Before the day’s end, you can indulge yourselves with a relaxing massage, a hot bed treatment or a mani-pedi session at Zenyu Eco Spa.

Hotel H2O
Hotel H2O
Hotel H2O
Hotel H2O

3. Gourmet food choices are within easy reach

Even the most discriminating foodies in your family will find something to tempt their taste buds as Hotel H2O gives them easy access to sumptuous culinary creations curated and managed by Hotel H2O’s executive chef Ranuka Hettiarachchi. Be sure to check them out!

Breakfast Buffet and Chinese-Filipino cuisine at Makan Makan Asian Food Village.

Hotel H2O
Hotel H2O
Hotel H2O
Hotel H2O
Hotel H2O
Hotel H2O
Hotel H2O
Hotel H2O

Handcrafted coffee and designer pastries at Garden Cafe.

MOP Food Trip
MOP Food Trip
MOP Food Trip
MOP Food Trip

Asian and Filipino dishes with a twist in an al fresco setting at Garden Dining.

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar
Garden Dining by White Moon Bar
Garden Dining by White Moon Bar
Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Bar chows and refreshing cocktails at White Moon Bar.

MOP Food Trip
MOP Food Trip
Hotel H2O
Hotel H2O

4. You can enjoy a full day of fun at Manila Ocean Park

Since Manila Ocean Park is literally next door to the hotel, it would be a shame not to take advantage of its fun, educational and interactive attractions within easy reach.

MOP Summer
Oceanarium
Manila Ocean Park Reopening
Jellies Exhibit
Hotel H2O
Penguin Exhibit
Manila Ocean Park Reopening
Christmas Village
Manila Ocean Park
World of Creepy Crawlies
MOP Summer
Super Toy Collection
MOP Summer
All-Star Bird Show
MOP Summer
Sea Lion Show

So if the fam’s game for a lot fun in by the sea, treat them to a #StaycationByThe Ocean at Hotel H2O.

From April 29 to August 31, 2022, you can book your staycation at Hotel H2O at these promo rates:

  • Park View Room: Php3,200 nett on weekdays | Php3,700 nett on weekends (from published rate of Php12,200 nett)
  • Aqua Room: Php3,800 nett on weekdays | Php4,300 nett on weekends (from published rate of Php13,420 nett)
  • Bay View Room: Php4,000 nett on weekdays | Php4,500 nett on weekends (from published rate of Php14,640 nett)
  • Aqua Supreme: Php4,400 nett on weekdays | Php5,300 nett on weekends (from published rate of Php17,080 nett)
  • Aqua Jellies Room: Php4,400 nett on weekdays | Php5,300 nett on weekends (from published rate of Php17,080 nett)
  • Bay Deluxe: Php5,300 nett on weekdays | Php6,000 nett on weekends (from published rate of Php20,740 nett)
  • Premiere Classic Bay: Php6,200 nett on weekdays | Php6,800 nett on weekends (from published rate of Php24,400 nett)
  • Premiere Classic Aqua: Php6,200 nett on weekdays | Php6,800 nett on weekends (from published rate of Php24,400 nett)
  • Executive Suite: Php9,500 nett on weekdays | Php10,000 nett on weekends (from published rate of Php36,600 nett)

Weekday rates are applicable for check-in dates between Sunday to Thursday. Weekend rates, on the other hand, are applicable for check-in dates on Fridays, Saturdays and during public holidays.

Rates are inclusive of overnight accommodation, complimentary breakfast for two, Manila Ocean Park tickets (6-attraction package) for two and welcome drinks for two.

Hotel H20 is located at The Boardwalk Luneta, Quirino Grandstand, Ermita, Manila.

For bookings and inquiries, you may call (+632) 7238- 6100 ext. 6172 and 6180 or send an email to reservation@hotelh2o.com. Reservations are accepted from 9am to 6pm only.

For more details about Hotel H2O, visit its website or follow it on Facebook and Instagram.

Check out my previous posts about Manila Ocean Park:

Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits celebrates POUR years

In heaven there is no beer, (no beer!)
That’s why we drink it here (right here!)
And when we’re gone from here,
Our friends will be drinking all our beer!

Well, I couldn’t posit on the unavailability of booze past the Pearly Gates, but I do know a place where good ales abound that it’s sheer heaven to beer lovers: Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits.

Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits
Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits
Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits
Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits

This nano-brewery and pub hidden away in the Quezon City suburbs is known for producing high-quality craft beers, hard ciders and hard seltzers while incorporating sugars from local fruits such as mangoes, dalandan, guava and guyabano, readily available on tap for customers thirsting for their favorite beverage and a good time with friends.

Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits
Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits
Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits
Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits

Elias came about when owner and certified beer sommelier Raoul Masangkay brought home the wealth of knowledge on the art and science of fermented drinks that he developed in the US as well as his award-winning craft beer recipes back home to Manila.

Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits
Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits

Here, expert and budding beer connoisseurs can enjoy artisanal beverages, brewed for six hours, fermented in small batches for four weeks, re-carbonated for four days before bottling, resulting to artisanal beers that have a a clear and sparkling appearance as well as a clean and distinct taste. These can be enjoyed by the bottle, on tap or in tasting flights.

Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits
Bright Side Very Berry
(hard seltzer)
Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits
Lost in Japan
(white ale)
Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits
Pwedeee Guava
(hard cider)
Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits
Supa Fly
(India pale ale)
Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits
Darker Vader
(stout)
Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits
Tasting Flight: Half Full (ale), Hop Boi (IPA), Rose Rizal (hard cider), Swabe Raspberry (hard cider)

Of course, beer is best enjoyed with some chows. Fortunately, Elias offers mouth-watering pulutan with a twist that make swillin’ your booze so much more fun.

Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits
Pulled Pork Nachos
Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits
Honey Glazed Wings
Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits
Pride Chicken
Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits
Wicked Sisig
Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits
Crispy Pata
Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits

Plus, in celebration of its four years in the business, Elias launched an epic three-day celebration called POUR Years. From April 22 to 24, customers can enjoy unlimited refills of over twenty types of craft beers, hard ciders and hard seltzers on tap for just Php1000, plus daily specials:

  • Apr 22 (Fri): Libis Nights Throwback with DJs Simon Castro, Jeano and Mike Tan
  • Apr 23 (Sat): Acoustic Rockeoke
  • Apr 24 (Sun): Unli Wings
Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits
Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits
Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits
Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits

So now’s definitely the time to join the outpouring of fun, plus happy times with good food and great friends, and, of course, our favorite booze, while we still can, right? Just in case it’s true that in heaven, there is no beer, we should definitely drink it all here!

Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits is located at 13 Ubay Street, Santa Mesa Heights, Quezon City, open daily from 3pm to 1am. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 926 6179030 or check out its beverage at food menu at www.wickedelias.com.

Disclosure: I attended a food tasting for media held at this establishment. Food and beverage items mentioned here were served at no cost to the attendees.

New limited series THE STAIRCASE premieres May 5 on HBO GO

Starring Academy Award® winner Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, the Kingsman films) and Emmy Award® winner Toni Collette (United States of Tara, Unbelievable), the new Max Original limited series The Staircase premieres on Thursday, May 5 exclusively on HBO GO. A new episode follows each week through June 23.

Based on a true story, the eight-episode series explores the life of novelist Michael Peterson (Firth), his sprawling North Carolina family, and the suspicious death of his wife, Kathleen Peterson (Collette).

Starring alongside Colin Firth and Toni Collette are Michael Stuhlbarg, Juliette Binoche, Dane DeHaan, Olivia DeJonge, Rosemarie DeWitt, Tim Guinee, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Sophie Turner, Vincent Vermignon, Odessa Young and Parker Posey.

Created by Antonio Campos (The Devil All the Time), The Staircase is co-produced by Annapurna Television. The series was written and executive produced by Antonio Campos and Maggie Cohn, who also serve as showrunners. Campos directed six episodes and Leigh Janiak directed two episodes.

HBO Original Series as well as live channels are also available for streaming to SKYcable subscribers on HBO GO for as low as Php99/month.

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