Thursday, October 30, 2014

Jollitown's The Big Fun Event at SMX!!

I knew that it was going to be a fun mayhem, thus I decided to visit late in the afternoon so I won't be *in the rush of the things*.  I got to SMX at 4PM and I was shocked to learn that the tickets were sold out!  Yes, the tickets were all sold out - which meant that the event was really successful - YEY!!  What was nice was that they made people go in, even without tickets.  Unfortunately, you can only see what's inside - the kids are unable to enjoy and join in the fun with the inflatables.  But nevertheless, the look on their faces were priceless - you can see the happiness in their eyes.

When I got in, kids were running around like there was no tomorrow.  Parents were as well, running after their kids!  You can see the delight in their faces, the parents were tired alright - but good tired since everyone seems like having fun.

Bubbles are the easiest and fastest way to entertain kids.
Imagine the kids' delight to be able to make bigger bubbles!

I wish we had this when I was a kid!  This inflatable slide suddenly stopped taking in kids.
But I'm sure it was able to put smiles on kids faces and delight in their glee.

Oh my this is the place where you have those giant velcros and you get *stuck* up there on the wall for a while.  For sure my Panget would have loved seeing Kailee and Connor *stuck* on the wall up there for a few hours!  Hahaha..

This was the Freedom Wall - well sort of, it looks super kawawa now.
But it served its purpose!  

Jollibee Bob House
This was the *main event* inflatable - and most everyone was familiar with this!

A perfect combination of bouncer and balls.
It's mayhem inside, for sure!
A safe kind of mayhem.

For those who were unable to get their Loot Bags (like me) during the event.  You may claim them at any Jollibee outlet starting November 3, 2014.

Thank you Jollibee for #TheBigFunEvent!  I hope you can do this more than once a year!!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Happy Birthday Connor!!

Yesterday we celebrated Connor's 2nd birthday.

Happy Happy Birthday my little boy!

It seems only yesterday that I gave birth to you, time flies so fast.  You have given me so much joy.  Thank you for your smile, your smirks and kisses.

You will always be my baby boy, Connor!!

I love you very very very much!  (Even if Dada is your favorite!  Hahaha!!)

Love, Mama


This is Connor while listening to the Foo Fighter's Learn to Fly (sad that there is no audio :( ).  He likes music, whenever he hears it - he immediately dances or moves his head to the beat of the song.

Love you!  Love you!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Truly Asia in Fisher Mall

It has been a while since I last visited Fisher Mall.  I remember being turned off by the mall since they charged for parking and there wasn't a grace period.  I think it was August 1 - and I was very willing to buy movie tickets because I knew that parking was free.  Lo and behold - it wasn't anymore - and they didn't have any grace period of sorts.  So imagine - I just went to buy tickets and I had to pay for parking - and then again when we go to watch the movie, we will need to pay for parking.  Grrrr...

To my surprise there were new restaurants!  And one of them was Truly Asia.  Upon entering the parking area, you'd see ads of Truly Asia and then again near the elevators and escalators.  So my Panget was curious - so we walked around and found it.  I wasn't in the the mood to pick a restaurant so it was my Panget who looked at the menu.  He learned from the host that this restaurant is owned by the mall owners (same as Morita) and so he assumed that it would be okay.  I was doubtful.

When we entered the restaurant, I told my Panget I wasn't confident on the quality of the food, as there were a few diners.  We were given the liberty to choose our table and we got one that was near the kitchen.  The menu was fairly simple - and we ordered a noodle dish, a meat dish and a seafood dish.  I saw that they served Teh Tarik - so I ordered a hot Teh Tarik.

I know it doesn't look much - but man, was it good!  I mean really good.  I was impressed - I told my Panget that this Teh Tarik was the real thing.  My Panget tried it and he liked it too!  I like that I could still taste the tea and it wasn't very sweet.  I said to myself that at least, there was something good out of this restaurant.  A few minutes later, a man from the kitchen went out and was shaking hands with some of the diners - I assumed that he was the chef even if he was dressed so very casually.  On his way back to the kitchen he stopped by our table and introduced himself - he is Alvin (this is what I heard, but I may be wrong) and that he was the chef - and so I told him how happy I was with the Teh Tarik - and he smiled thanking my compliment - I told him that I was really happy with the Teh Tarik because it was the real thing.  The chef is Malaysian and he was telling us that he was making sort of an Asian fusion in this place - he was combining Asian flavors and dishes.  After speaking to him - I told my Panget that I was expecting our orders to be good.  And they were.

This is a really flavorful noodle dish.  I think its called Seafood Hokkien Noodles (I was so hungry that I couldn't remember the exact name.  This was really good because the ingredients weren't scrimped.  See the shrimp?  Yes, there were about 3-4 pieces of them - and they were fresh.   

This is the pork dish that was served cold.  Even if it was a cold - the skin was oh-so crispy!  It wasn't too fatty too!  Kailee loved this.   This dish came with 3 different sauces and OMG they were all so good!  I couldn't help asking for more!

My Panget has this love affair with salted egg- and this dish was Salted Egg Squid.  
I have to say that this is the first time for me to encounter salted egg combined with squid - and it was so very good!  It was different alright, but very very good!  I liked it that the squid didn't taste malansa!  This was my Panget's favorite.

I have to say - I judged the book - and I was so wrong.  So very very wrong.

We enjoyed our meal and all our orders were actually very good!  I would definitely go back to try the other dishes.  At last, there is at least one restaurant in Fisher Mall that I will look forward to.  Yey!  I just hope they will be able to sustain the flavor of the dishes and remain authentic.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Mustela Press Launch

The first ever time I saw Mustela was in Friends.  It was part of the set of Friends' last season .  There were a few bottles of Mustela on the table where Rachel kept Emma's things in the living room.  Here is a screen cap of the scene where Phoebe was signing her *gift* to Emma (right after Joey's heartfelt I'll Love You Forever reading)  It was years (I mean yearS) later that I saw it on our shores - Trinoma to be exact.  I remember being told by my Pedia to try out the product and luckily - they had a stall in Trinoma.

I have an unforgettable impression because for the first time ever - I was told by the sales lady 'Ma'am bili kayo ng container, para mabigyan ko kayo product na matatry niyo sa baby niyo'  I was asking for a shampoo and the Stelatopia line, I told them that my daughter has eczema (Kailee was diagnosed with Eczema at 3months) and they gladly told me this, since their samples were the full bottles.  True enough, I returned to their stall and they gave me some product, they have me a significant amount to try for about 3 days worth.  I was very impressed because they didn't have second thoughts on giving me their product to try.  I mean, let's face it - more often than not, salesladies rarely suggest on getting a container so they can give you some products right?  I was impressed, deep down - I had a high respect for the owners, they knew what needed to be done and was willing to give out samples for customers to try.  They believe in the magic of their product.  We tried the shampoo immediately and it worked wonderfully on Kailee's flaky scalp, this meant that I didn't need to put Elica lotion anymore.  The shampoo worked wonderfully and we used it until Kailee was about a year and a half.

I was invited to the Press Launch of Mustela Philippines and I was so happy to have met the women (yes! Women) behind Mustela Philippines!  These two lovely ladies are the epitome of beauty, happiness and success!  I am so glad to have finally met them, after all these years of wondering who was behind bringing Mustela to the country.  So, THANK YOU Tammy and Shar for bringing to the country, this wonderful wonderful product!!

The Mustela Mommies
(L-R) Tin Dychiao, Shen Cala-Or and Nicole Hernandez

These are just some of the Mustela products that I am familiar with.  
There are a LOT more!!

I have been looking for a good sunscreen for Kailee and Connor.  The ones I've tried, I wasn't really *sold* on them.  There's one that was a spray on type, initially I thought this was great but then - my kids developed a rash after a few minutes of application.  There was this other well known brand that I used that didn't seem to work, because Connor had burns on his face considering that he wasn't under the sun too long (maximum of 20minutes).  Then there was this other brand that was so hard to apply on the face and on the body, it was like a hard wax!  I was honestly on the look out for a good sunscreen and I am preparing this early for our annual Subic trip for next year (yes, I plan that far ahead!) because the kids for sure will be bugging us to go swimming at the yacht club.  I like that they have a complete line - from sunscreen to an after sun product.  I won't need to look any further - I can get all of what I need in one place and I am sure that everything will be okay on my kid's skin.

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Urban Food Collective starts October 18!

I love going to weekend markets.  I enjoy walking the aisles and looking at the stuff stall by stall.  It soothes me - even if I leave the market with a dent in my pocket.  Hahaha!

So to the Southerners you have a new market to go to!!  Presenting:

Market starts on October 18 and will continue to run on all weekends until December 2014!  If you're a home baker or have products that you want to sell - this is the perfect opportunity and venue for you to showcase your talent and goodies!

For those unfamiliar with the place, here's a map to guide you:

Note:  Press Release