Wednesday, October 15, 2014

My Before-Bedtime Combo: The Morning Rush Podcast + Sudoku

I am currently addicted to my iPad Mini. This all started when Y started going to school and I had to stay and wait for her until dismissal time. The iPad Mini became my best friend in these three months and counting and my before-bedtime routine because of two reasons.

One: I love Sudoku. I love solving each puzzle! And I love it even more when it's challenging so it's a must that I have it in my iPad Mini.

Solve The Impossible!
Two: I've recently started listening to The Morning Rush Podcast because I don't get to listen to the show from start to finish and listening while playing Sudoku is the perfect combo for me! BOS would find me laughing and smiling by myself (because I use the headphones when listening) and maybe thinks his wife has gone crazy hahaha! He would often ask me why but I just can't explain Chico's humor, Delle's (close?!) corny jokes, or how Gino is mean to Chico and Delle.
 Yes, I have both of their Top 10 Books, the only missing is their autograph! I want it signed! Someday...
I've been a long fan of Chico and Delamar ever since elementary then somehow stopped listening to radio  and only started listening again three years ago  then more now because I take Y to school.
The Morning Rush Podcast is so entertaining and addicting that there are times when I listed to three podcasts in one night I sleep so late and can't get up the next morning hahaha! Buti na lang hindi pa kami nalelate ni Y sa school.. LOL!

I really really want to meet the Kikay Barkada! Hopefully soon...  :)
How about you? Do you have a before-bedtime routine?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A&D Weekend Guide: The Urban Food Collective

Let's start the Tuesday with some weekend guide for you guys! Something to look forward to on the weekend! If you are from the south or frequents the south, then this is something for you to be excited about! The Urban Food Collective is coming to the south starting on the weekend of October 18-19!
"TUFC aims to be the food hub where people can share their passion for gastronomy.  TUFC’s online community will feature everything food – articles and recipes, exciting deals featuring the country’s best culinary fare, and “The Urban Food Collective Marketplace” which will retail unique food items and implements."

The Urban Food Collective Weekend Marketwill be at Alabang's newest lifestyle mall, CommerCeneter! The Urban Food Collective Weekend Market is a carefully curated collection of purveyors. And if you're following @tufcph (if you're not, you must! Now na!), you'll see the different purveyors who'll be participating!
And just to name a few of the purveyors, Piesa, Walnut Shoes, Bayani Brew, Anita Li, Scarsdale, The Tastery, and more!
Got this package last week! Thank you TUFC! The kids wolfed down the biscuits faster than a lightning!
You'll find gourmet, specialty foods, local, artisanal arts and crafts! There will also be activities and pocket events to engage the community. The Urban Food Collective will donate a portion of the proceeds from the Weekend Market to the Taguyod Bayan Foundation, helping rebuild communities affected by the typhoon Haiyan in Sara Iloilo.
And here's a map on how to get to CommerCenter! Or you can just Waze it! See you there!!!
If you have a small business and want to try out the market, you can apply to be one TUFC's purveryors! Just go to for more information! 

And don't forget to follow them on their social media accounts:
Facebook: The Urban Food Collective
nstagram: @tufcph

Saturday, October 11, 2014

A&D Weekend Guide: The Witches and Dishes Halloween Bazaar

Halloween is just two and a half weeks away. Do you have your costumes yet? How about your kids? Me? I haven't prepared anything yet! But good thing is, I can use the two and a half weeks to look for costumes! Another good news is The Witches and Dishes Halloween Bazaar is happening this weekend from October 17-19, 2014 at Megatent Libis!
The Witches and Dishes! This is the theme on the first ever lifestyle event brought to you by Quick Solutions. The Witches & Dishes is the event of its kind, gathering moms and members of their family in an environment that’s both recreational and fun. Showcasing the different brands from apparel, gear, home, kid’s toy and baby’s accessories, alongside food and mouth watering snacks and food as well food trucks.

The bazaar will all-day trick or treat activities for kids, demos, and a raffle! You can get a chance to win exciting prizes. Some of the activities your kids can enjoy at the bazaar are face painting, tattoo art, girls make over and hair styling and a lot more!
Come in your Halloween costumes and win the best costume of the day and win a prize!  Entrance to Witches & Dishes will be a requested donation from moms, dad and young adults 12yrs above, while Php100.00 ticket will be available for all kids with ages 4yrs to 12 yrs old for them to enjoy the trick and treat and other activities

Will I see you there? :)

Here's a map to Megatent Libis!
Click to enlarge. This is a sample ticket only! 

For more information on the event and be updated! Please like their Facebook Page: The Witches and Dishes Halloween Bazaar!

Friday, October 10, 2014

A&D Eats: Cafe Monaco, Banawe, Quezon City

When you're in Banawe and looking for a place to eat, you must try Cafe Monaco! 
The last time I was here was 6 or 7 years ago pa!

Cafe Monaco is a hole-in-a-wall restaurant. They serve Korean, Japanese, sandwiches, crepes, and more! And what I like about the food is it's good and very affordable!
Cafe Monaco Menu

We had dinner here last week with my mom and the kids. Here's what we ordered:
I had the Korean Beef Stew with Kimchi Rice. The beef portion looks small but it's just right and it goes well with the mild spiciness of the Kimchi Rice.
 My mom had the  Bibimbap. You can have the meat changed to pork or chicken if you don't eat beef like my mom.
Beef Ramen for the kids which they wiped out!

Filling and good dinner for a pocket-friendly price! That's the best combo, in my opinion! My sister and a friend said to try their halo-halo but we were too full na from dinner. Must come back for that and for their crepes!

Cafe Monaco
647 Banawe St., Sienna, Quezon City

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Experience a One-of-a-Kind Food Tasting at The Big Banquet 2 at The Blue Leaf Filipinas!

One of the things you remember the best about parties you go to is the food served, right? It's one of the things I am also excited about whenever I plan parties for my kids! I remember both my sisters go through several food tasting for several weeks for their weddings. It can be tedious, right? Imagine not having to go from one caterer to another for you food tasting but doing it all altogether in one location. If you're happen to be in this dilemma or situation, then you must vheck out The Big Banquet 2.
The Blue Leaf Filipinas, one of the country’s premier venues for weddings, debuts, and other milestone events, presents The Big Banquet 2 in cooperation with Our Awesome Planet, the number one food and travel blog in the Philippines. Set amidst a garden landscape with a five-meter waterwall, The Blue Leaf Filipinas takes pride in its world-class architectural design featuring capiz doors, abaca chandeliers, and a barandilla balcony. It offers three festival=inspired halls alongside three music-themed function rooms. Following the success of The Big Banquet last May 2014, The Blue Leaf brings back this one-of-a-kind food tasting event on October 12, 2014, Sunday, at The Blue Leaf Filipinas in ASEANA City.
Photos from here

Set in a world-class venue that is The Blue Leaf Filipinas, The Big Banquet 2 promises to be a memorable culinary event as nine caterers serve a curated spread of thoughtfully prepared dishes. Albergus, Bizu, Hizon's, Josiah's Catering, Juan Carlo, K by Cunanan, Mesclun, The Red Chef, and TJIOE will each be serving four-course meals highlighting their best appetizers, main courses, desserts, and signature drinks. Each caterer will also present a surprise dish as a special treat! And just like the first Big Banquet, guests will also be able to critic the food. Each guest will be given a rating card where he can write down his thoughts  on food and presentation. Our Awesome Planet will gather these rating cards, and reveal the best dishes on his blog!

The Big Banquet 2 will be open to two batches of diners, the first from 11 AM to 2 PM and the second from 4 PM to 7 PM. Its sponsors include San Miguel Beer, When in Manila, Breakfast Magazine, W@W (weddings at Work). For more information and ticket purchase, go to, or call 0917-6272425 or 5707827.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Fashion Collabs To Be Excited About: Filip + Inna x Bayo 2014 and Maureen Disini x Kashieca!

I found out about two great fashion news last week and I'm super duper excited to share them to you! 

First, there's going to be another Filip + Inna x Bayo capsule collection coming this October. I am a super fan of Filip + Inna but I can't afford her yet so this collaboration is just perfect for someone like me! The collaboration is part of Bayo's pre-holiday collection Style Harvest 2014.

I want to see more pieces from this collection! I'm so excited! I really really hope I can buy at least a piece or 2 because I wasn't able to buy anything from the last collection!
Please cross your fingers and toes and legs for me!

Next collaboration that I'm looking forward to is Maureen Disini x Kashieca! I think it will be not be the signature tunic of Maureen Disini but more of the classics. I saw her hashtag #kasheicaxlbd so I am assuming it's all going to be her classics, little black dress, etc. I hope the price points are pocket-friendly!
Photos grabbed from Maureen Disini's IG 

I hope to see more collabs with local brands and designers! Parang Target and H&M!

Are you excited yet? I wanna see more photos of the clothes!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

A&D Visits Dollyjoy Gallery and Museum!

My memories of field trips were Manila Zoo and a farm in Alabang when I was in nursery and kinder then I never had any again! Medyo KJ ata ang school ko non. So ever since Y started school started, my co-mommies and I had been talking about if the kids' will have a field trip. Excited mommies lang! Haha! So when the school finally gave us their field trip itenerary, I couldn't be more excited! 

I woke up extra early to pack Y's lunch which was also my first bento meal I made. O diba? Mas excited kesa sa student hihi! We left Y's school around 8AM and arrived in Dolljoy Gallery and Museum around 9:30AM.
Not the healthiest I know but it's the easiest ulam so Y can eat fast too!
Dolljoy Factory started in 1972 in a backyard-cottage industry in Mandaluyong City. The owners' four daughters always received dolls as gifts and thought of making their own dolls, hence the birth of Dolljoy!
We were given an ID each before the tour

In the 1980’s, Samuel Butcher, the creator and owner of Precious Moments Company, whose dolls were known for its teardrop-shaped eyes. He commissioned Dolljoy to manufacture these dolls which were released only in the USA.   

Photo from here
The museum is divided into different galleries. We had a tour guide who explains the different sections as well the their back story.
 Circus and pandas!
There's also a Wedding Gallery where different kinds of weddings are showcased.
 Garden Wedding
There's also Dress Your Own Doll area where the kids got to dress up. And the first one to dress the doll gets to take home her doll!

We also got to take a peek on how they make the dolls. It's a bit creepy haha! But the kids were very amused and that's more important hehe!
From how the hair is sewn to the doll, how they braid the hair one by one, and more! It's really interesting to see the whole process!

If there's one gallery that all the girls loved, it would be the one with the Disney Princesses! Moms and little girls went crazy over their Elsa and Anna dolls.
There are two gift shops where you can buy their dolls and other stuffed dolls. The Elsa and Anna dlls costs Php500 each (not sure!), same with the other Disney Princess dolls. They also have Hello Kitty, and other characters. But they don't sell Precious Moments dolls because they're for export only.
You can call them if you want to order these dolls!

Y kept talking about her field trip to Dolljoy for days! She kept saying we should go back and take shoti there. She was also excited to buy a pasalubong for her brother which was so so sweet of her.

Museum Schedule:
Tuesday to Friday - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday and Saturday - By Appointment

For more information, you may check theeir website and their Facebook Page, Dolljoy Gallery and Museum. If you want to take your child/ren to Dolljoy Museum, you may reach them at 6710253 or 6721939 or 09228390554.

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