Saturday, December 20, 2014

This week we lost Patty. I still can't believe that she's really gone. The past few days are a blur. If I'm not doing anything, I find myself browsing thru her IG account or my Flickr account looking for her photos.

I "met" Patty around 2004 or 2005 thru the GirlTalk forum. I knew her as Pattybee. We would always be in the Fashion section, listing down our OOTDs, chatting about Havaianas, shoes... then someone from the forum organized an EB (eyeball for those who doesn't know what it is hihi) but Patty wasn't able to go. She had to go somewhere with Neal (o diba! I knew Neal by name!). I finally met her one day in Starbucks Power Plant after my class. I don't why we were meeting basta nagkita kami. I remember she was wearing a black Lacoste pique shirt. And it was because of her that I wanted to buy a Lacoste shirt too!

From GT to Friendster to Multiply, we kept in touch. I read her blog on Friendster then on Multiply. I loved looking at her photos of her family. Stalker ang peg? Haha! Her daughter Anissa was around 7 or 8 years old then, I remember her being pregnant with Sabine. Yes, that was so long agooooo!

And then we lost touch. I only got reconnected with Patty two years ago when I joined Facebook and learned about her dad's passing. I messaged her, sending my condolences. Then I started following her blog again, started chatting up again, she became a SoMom and the rest was history.

Patty was one of the people who you can easily get along with. She's so madaldal, hindi kayo mauubusan ng paguusapan! As in! I will miss our FB chats and texts... going to events won't be the same without you... She's one of my mommy idols! 
Patty is the first friend I've lost. I don't know how to grieve. It hurts and I still can't believe that she's really gone. I think most of us are still in shock about how everything happened so fast. My heart goes out to her partner, Neal, her daughters, her mom and brother. But I'm also happy that she's finally with her dad in heaven and no longer in pain.

Patty, you will always be in our thoughts. We all miss you. Rest in peace, Patty.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

As a mom and I know a lot of moms would agree with me on this, we only want the best for my family. No matter what it is, we make sure we only give them the best of everything. And as moms of different households, we each have our own "best" products, things we love and would recommend to other mommy friends, right? I can see you nodding with me. Hihi! It's really different when a certain product has a seal of approval from moms.

The Taiwan Government recently launched the Taiwan Excellence campaign which aims to promote top quality Taiwanese brands and products to Filipinos.
The Taiwan Excellence campaign is organized by Bureau of Foreign Trade of Taiwan (BOFT), and implemented by Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) - a non-profit, semi-governmental trade promotion organization in Taiwan, is the symbol of quality that guarantees the superior value of Taiwanese lifestyle brands across Asia is now in the Philippines.
Taiwan Excellence Endorder, Iya Villania-Arellano
Taiwanese Excellence carries 56 different brands for home and living, sports, transportation, and personal care. The products under the Taiwan Excellence campaign have a guarantee of quality and having the seal makes it easier for moms like me to decide which brands and products.

For the home, there are like HCG, Tatung, TECO and Cashido. Products such as water ionizers, home appliances, cookware, bathroom and sanitary ware products. Ever since becoming a mom, I love going to the appliance store and checking out what's new and now I'll make sure to check the seal of Taiwan Excellence!


For electronic needs, there are laptops, USBs, routers from Acer, ASUS, Transcend, MSI. For a multi-slasher (is there such a word? Hihi) like me, a mompreneur/mother/driver/yaya, I always have to be on-the-go. Gadgets like these help me answer my emails, manage my finances, check our home thru CCTV, blog while waiting for Y in school and more!
Asus Fonepad 7.1

Acer Iconia W4
Transcend

For health and fitness, the campaign carries brands like Strida, Microlife, and Thermedic that offer bikes, fitness gear, and health care products. To take care of the family, we need to take care of ourselves too and stay fit and healthy!
I am glad there's a Taiwan Excellence campaign which now makes me more aware of quality Taiwan products that can help me juggle my everyday things to do and become the best wife, mom, and entrepreneur.

Fore more of Taiwan Excellence campaign and the brands it carries, check out www.taiwanexcellence.ph/ and 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Robinson's Department Store is starting to grow on me. I've been there twice in two weeks. I'm liking their Home Section more and more, more than SM's.

I accompanied my sister the second time I went back and there's so much nice stuff for your kitchen and can be given as gifts for your loved ones this Christmas! If you're like me who likes to buy containers and jars in different shapes and sizes, then you should visit Robinson's Department Store asap!
Put in your homemade cookies in these jars and give them away to your friends! Colored bottles for your home, use them for water or juice when serving guests!
More jars in different shapes and sizes!
County Fair Drinking Jars
More drinking jars in different colors
More drinking jars!
My favorite: Mason Jar Salt and Pepper Shaker! I bought this right away! And this is the reason why I came back to Robinson's because my sister bought a lot of this as gifts! Very reasonable at Php149.75 only!
This is also cute! I forgot how much it was but it was less than Php200.
Bowl and Plate Sets. This was around Php200 plus. I love the prints!

For those who love entertaining and throwing parties and get togethers, there are big jars na din in Robinson's Department Store!
Get 1 jar for Php799.75 or 2 for Php999.75! 
For your wine loving friends!
And for the tea lovers, trays and tea boxes!
Laser Cut Trays. So pretty!!!
More trays! I want to go back for that Yellow Chevron tray!
There's Laser Cut Boxes too! Perfect for little trinkets!
Chalkboards!

Check their throw pillow selections too and covers as well as their placemats, table covers! And I'm sure there's more pa now! If you got to find any good finds at other Robinson's malls, please let me know!!! All of these were taken two weekends ago at Robinson's Place Ermita. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

I remember when I was younger (younger talaga?! haha!), I would always go to a Candy Corner and grab some of those strawberry gummies and those teeth/gums gummies! But I haven't had those in a long time! Y and R haven't had their Candy Corner experience yet so I'm taking them this weekend to the Candy Corner Kingdom from December 12-14 from 10:00AM to 10:00PM at the Glorietta Activity Center! Time for them to become a #CandyCornerKid at the #CandyCornerKingdom!
Come to the castle made of candies and dreams, and gummy bears, smiles, and yes, jelly beans! You're all invited, so come and have fun! Experience the magic of the Candy Corner Kingdom!
To get a free ticket, just purchase Php500 worth of products from the Candy Christmas Market or buy the ticket for Php300 at the Candy Castle's gates! You can also win tickets by checking out Candy Corner Facebook Page!

There will be fun and exciting games, hands-on activities, interactive booth displays and of course lots and lots of candies!!! Find your favorites from Jelly Belly, Wonka, Brown & Haley, Noble Chocolates, Cacao and Nuts About Candy! See you there!!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Ramen has become our go-to food when we're out. It's easy to eat, my kids are easily fed because they love ramen, my husband also loves ramen so there's really no reason not to eat but there's really no ramen place (well, there's one, Ukkokei in Malate) near us until about two months ago! Now we have more choices! Yay!

One of the BOS's favorite ramen place is Mitsuyado Sei-men, but we seldom eat there because it's in Makati and BOS doesn't like to "travel" just to eat. So I was happy when I saw Mitsuyado Sei-men opened in Blue Bay Walk in Pasay. We still need to "travel" but not as far as Makati na. Funny thing is I ate here not with BOS but with one of my co-mommies in school. Hehe!
I didn't know may ganito na in Pasay. It's like a small BHS.
Place is still new with a few stores open but lots of restaurant choices.
Mitsuyado Sei-men fronts EDSA.
If you've been to the one in Jupiter, you'll expect the same ambiance and setting with this new branch. You'd feel as if you're transported to Japan!
I got my usual Shoyu Ramen to share with Y. Why is ramen so good?!!

If you haven't tried Mitsuyado Sei-men yet, drop by Blue Bay Walk and have that ramen! It's so perfect for this cool weather!

And finally after so many months, I finally got to try Ramen Nagi in Robinson's Place Ermita! Finally a ramen place that's 15-20 minutes drive from our home! I've tried Butao in Hong Kong and it was unforgettable so I want to know if it's as good! We actually been there twice! Know why later in the post.

Ramen Nagi is located at the Padre Faura wing. It's in between Krispy Kreme and Breadtalk, just right in front of Pepper Lunch!
Spicy Togue and Garlic!
There's only four kinds of ramen to choose from, think it's that easy to choose?
There's Original King, Red King, Black King and Green King.
This was my order the first time. The second time I picked Rich, and Extra Heavy, Extra Heavy because I found it kulang sa flavor!
Y's Original King
Sanne's Green King which has pesto. Weird but tastes good actually!
Karaage which was good!

I wasn't satisfied with the Original King, made me think I should have ordered Black King but I was afraid Y wouldn't like it so I got the original one. Wrong mistake hihi! So after two weeks, I find myself and Y back in Ramen Nagi.
I forgot naman to add onions haha. But this version was so much better than the first time I ate. Next time I go back I shall try the Black King!
My little date happily eating on her own!

The next time we eat at Ramen Nagi, I hope the BOS is with us na so he can try it for himself! Follow @ramennagimanila on IG too!