grace on November 19th, 2009

For all Spongebob fans out there, here’s your chance to see them live at Trinoma! They will have a presentation (Stories from Bikini Bottom) at Trinoma’s Activity Center starting today until Nov. 22. Time slots would be 1PM, 3:30PM & 6PM.


So bring your kids and have fun! 🙂

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grace on November 12th, 2009

Just went to Trinoma this afternoon for the Greenlight Sale to look for something to wear in our Christmas party! We’ve seen a lot of stuff on sale but I ended up buying regular items! 🙁 I finally bought my dress in Tango… It’s just simple yet elegant! Oh by the way, did I mentioned it’s expensive too??!! LOL.. I hate myself! 🙁

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grace on November 4th, 2009

Did you have any vision problems? Were you able to correct them and want to share your experience to the whole world? Well today is your lucky day because you may want to join the iLASIK Video Contest and get the chance of winning cash and prizes! This contest is launched by Abbot Medical Optics Inc. (AMO), the global leader in laser vision correction. They would like to know how better vision could improve, or has improved people’s lives.

Joining is easy! You just have to follow three easy steps.

1. Choose from the following categories:

  • “My contacts are getting in the way of my good time”
  • “My favorite sport or activity would be so much cooler with better vision”
  • “You should see life after the iLASIK® Procedure”

2. Submit a video to Gotta See This Now.

3. After submitting a video,  make sure to tell all of your friends to vote on it because this is one of the factors in determining the winner for the contest!

That’s it! You now have the chance to win the following prizes!

  • One Grand Prize winner will win $5,000 — selected from all submitted videos
  • Three First Prize winners will win an HDTV package(a $2,500 value) — one per video category
  • Three Second Prize winners will win the Flip UltraHD camcorder (a $199.99 value) — one per video category

So, what are you waiting for? Make that video and join now! 🙂


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grace on November 2nd, 2009

Today, is All Soul’s Day. This is the day when we commemorate all of our faithful departed and now in Purgatory. This is often confused by All Saints day which was celebrated yesterday in honor of all the Saints. Philippines, where majority of the population are Catholics, practice going to the cemetery to visit their loved ones. I on the other hand, will just stay home today because all of our departed are in the province! Hope I could get some rest today after reporting for work for 6 straight days! 🙂

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grace on October 27th, 2009

These past few years, we’ve been watching a lot of TV series from the US. Some of our favorites are Heroes, Grey’s Anatomy, Smallville and now we’ve been hooked up with Glee! 🙂  Don’t you just hate it when you’re missing some episodes?! Or  if there are movies that you love to watch but you just don’t have all the time to watch all of them?! Can’t wait for it to be released on DVD?! Well, this won’t be a problem if you’re subscribed to Charter Digital. They have this On Demand service and what’s nice about it is it’s free! You get to watch your favorite shows again the next day that it was aired on TV. This would greatly help all moms like me because they don’t have to argue with their children when will Dora show up at Nick or when will Mickey shows up at Playhouse Disney. Sometimes children can be really buggy and demanding but I guess they know what they want! Some of the channels are on HD too so you can have great viewing experience if you have your HD TV!

Isn’t it great to have all access to your favorite movies and TV shows?! You can subscribe now so you could get all these perks! 🙂 You can learn more at if you want to do further reading. Or you can get updates and fun extras on Charter’s Facebook page .



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grace on October 27th, 2009

For all facebook addicts: Can’t see your friend’s status updates? Can’t comment on your friend’s posts?

Well, here’s a solution taken from FB friends:

For everyone who hates the new FB layout… there is an easy fix… on the menu at the top left, click on MORE, then drag STATUS UPDATES to the top, above NEWS FEED. After dragging to the top, click on it. That becomes your default and HOME is like before.

Thanks Orville for submitting this! 🙂

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grace on October 27th, 2009

It’s been 1 year and 10 months since  my baby was born. I’m proud to say that she has been purely breastfed for 1 whole year! Some say that breastfeeding is hard to do  but if if you really love your child, you’ll do everything! Sure, there are a lot of sacrifices but everything will be worth it if you’ll see all of it’s benefits!

These are some of them:

1. Saves money – you don’t have to buy expensive store brand formula .

2. Gives you all the convenience – you don’t have to wake up early in the morning to prepare milk so you could feed your baby. You don’t have to wash and sterilize bottles.

3. You’ll have a healthy baby because of the anti bodies that she receives from the mom. This also saves you from frequent visits to the doctor which in turn, saves time and money.

4.  Saves your baby suffer from constipation because breastmilk disolves faster.

5. This is an excellent way to give the baby and mom the time to bond.

6. Reduced risk of pre-menopausal breast cancer.

7. It also acts as a contraceptive during the early months of breastfeeding.

Fortunately, there’s WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program in the US who are aiming to increase breastfeeding rates among families. They are reallocating the funds provided for food, juices and vegetables including infant formulas. So parents should buy their own formula if they have been provided before by WIC.


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grace on October 25th, 2009

I’m proud to announce that will be my new blog site! I’ve been having a lot of thinking lately and I finally decided to come back to the blogosphere! 🙂 I’ll still try to post on this site but be sure to add my new domain in your blogroll!

Hope to see you guys there! 🙂

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grace on September 30th, 2009

I was shocked to see this video of the flood in Mindanao Ave. – Congressional. Thank God we were not affected! Our house is just near this place!

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grace on September 29th, 2009

It’s been 3 days since Typhoon Ondoy struck the Metro. We have our own stories / experiences about this tragedy. Probably something that we can’t forget for the rest of our lives! I don’t know what’s with me but I’m always in the office every time something bad happens! From earthquakes, flood inside the pantry, fire in the basement and now this…

I reported for work last Saturday (Sept. 26, 2009) even if it’s raining. I really don’t have any idea that there is a storm coming! My hubby just escorted  me to the office since it’s his day off. We were not aware of what’s happening outside until one of my agents went home because of the situation of his family. One by one, my agents called their families to check on their status and it wasn’t good! Flood is rising fast every minute… I also called home and fortunately, they’re doin’ ok. I called my parents in Cavite and they were also doin’ fine so it was a big relief for me! Around 2pm (my logout time), I decided to just stay in the office. There was no where to go. Agents from other accounts reported that they were already in 20th ave. but the jeepney went back and dropped them off to Eastwood because the way to Cubao is no longer passable. While waiting for my office mate’s log out time, I stared at the Marikina River behind our building as it slowly swallow the houses down. Praying for the river to stop flowing! This is the first time I’ve seen such a horrible sight! There were washing machines, fridge and roofs streaming along the strong current.

Around 4pm, me and my office mates went to Yellow Cab to eat. We were unable to see the effects of Ondoy to Eastwood but the guards says that our other building, TechnoPlaza One’s basement parking is already full of flood that came from the river. It even reached Techno’s lobby! We went back to the office  around 5pm and the river went higher! It swept almost all of the houses beside the river! During this time, all systems are down in the office. No phone lines and lights are only running on generator. I can’t remember the time wherein the lights went pitch dark! There were 8 of us who were stranded in the office (Ken, Apple, Lawrence, Kakee, Ric, Tex and Jerome). We went to 7-11 to get our dinner because all of the restaurants are closed! After buying our dinner, we went back to the office and stayed there trying to get sleep. Around 9:45pm, I received a call form my hubby telling me that roads are already clear and that he can come and fetch me. I was delighted to know that I’ll be home and be with my baby soon… 🙂 My hubby arrived past 10pm. We dropped off Ric at SandiganBayan and Tex at Mindanao Ave. I was so thankful that I am finally home but I pray for those people who were greatly affected by the flood!

Nobody’s prepared for a disaster like this but I guess God wants to remind all of us that He exists and that we should not forget about Him.

Here are some ways to donate: (for full details, please visit RED CROSS)

Monetary Donations

Please send cash or check donations to the PNRC National Headquarters in Manila. Checks should be made payable to The Philippine National Red Cross.  We can also arrange for donation pick-up.

Account Name:  The Phil. Nat’l. Red Cross


Intramuros Branch
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Port Area Branch
PESO ACCOUNT :    453-0018647
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Port Area Branch
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Anda Circle Port Area Branch
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grace on September 10th, 2009

Finally, my new oven arrived last Sept. 8! Here’s a pic and the specs:

ELBA PX 96-880 IS Gas Range

ELBA PX 96-880 IS Gas Range



  • 5 gas burners (2 double ring)
  • safety devices on all burners
  • ignition system, integrated knob
  • stainless steel cooktop
  • cast iron pan support
  • wok support
  • stainless back guard
  • 60 min. alarm
  • gas oven
  • grill burner
  • interior light
  • dual spit rotisserie
  • grill pan
  • double glass door
  • accessories: tray & shelf
  • dishwarmer: flat type & flip down
  • power requirement: 220 v / 60 hz

I still don’t have the time to use it yet but will definitely try it this weekend! 🙂

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grace on September 6th, 2009

Following my previous post about my new ELBA oven… Someone called from Anson’s yesterday and said that my oven and food processor will be delivered on Tuesday instead of Monday. Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declared September 7 as a special non-working holiday due to Ka Erdy Manalo’s burial.

Here’s the info from Inquirer:

MANILA, Philippines – President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declared September 7 and 21 as non-working holidays, Press Secretary Cerge Remonde said Friday night.

Arroyo declared Monday next week a national day of mourning for Iglesia ni Cristo Executive Minister Eraño “Ka Erdy” Manalo, who will be buried that day, Remonde said.

“All flags will be flown at half-mast,” he said in a text message to reporters.

I’m not a member of INC but I’ll send my condolences to the family of Ka Erdy. Fortunately, September 8 is Mama Mary’s birthday! So it’s still a good thing for me after all! 🙂

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grace on September 5th, 2009

As part of my baking agenda, I attended Heny Sison’s Cake Decorating 1 last July 13 – 14. This is a 2-day workshop wherein you will learn the basics of cake decorating such as  the star, shell, dots, outline and scallop borders. This also includes figure piping of rose, booties, clowns and dove. You will learn how to make royal icing and boiled icing then use them in decorating your own character cake! I was stuck in decorating Minnie’s head because someone stole my pan! Among the cakes that our class decorated, Oscar and Garfield are my favorites!



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grace on September 4th, 2009

My hubby and I looked for an oven yesterday. We already sold our existing La Germania Gas Range  because we wanted to have a bigger oven. Since we’re buying this new oven for our home business, we carefully weighed our options, either we get a bakery type oven or an ELBA gas range! There is actually a Php44K price difference between the two but both of us chose the ELBA instead! It’s not only it is stylish but because it has a lot of features than the bakery type oven! Like it has5 burners, automatic safety features, rotisserie and more…

I’m so excited, I can’t wait for Monday! ‘Coz it’s the day when my new oven and food processor will be delivered! 🙂 Just to give you an idea, here’s what it looks like.

ELBA Gas Range

ELBA Gas Range

We were able to purchase the range for Php 57600 and the Moulinex Food Processor for  Php 7995 in Anson’s (in front of Podium.

We were actually weighing our options, either we get a big oven (the panaderia type) or an ELBA gas range.

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grace on August 3rd, 2009

I just had my chocolate artistry class today at Heny Sison. I was 30 mins. late because it was pouring hard this morning! I really enjoyed this class because there’s only 3 of us! Heny’s chocolate artistry class is worth Php 2K but it’s worth it. You get to learn the brief history of chocolates and you will make different types of chocolate candies like chocolate lollipops, 3d hollow, molded chocolates and chocolate house. But the one I like the most is the chocolate truffles! Mmmmm…. YUMMY! 🙂

This is a hands-on activity so be ready to get your hands dirty! The best part is, you get to take home these yummy treats! 😉

chocolate truffles

chocolate truffles

cherries dipped in chocolate, marzipan & mint chocolate

cherries dipped in chocolate, marzipan & mint chocolate

strawberries dipped in white chocolate

strawberries dipped in white chocolate

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grace on August 1st, 2009


Around 3:18am this morning, former President Corazon Aquino passed away due to cardiac arrest.  She was diagnosed to have colon cancer last March 2008 and was treated with chemotherapy in one of the hospitals in Manila. Her son said that the cancer had spread to her other organs and she was too weak to continue her chemotherapy. She died at the age of 76.

Maria Corazon Cojuangco was born on Jan. 25, 1933 in Paniqui, Manila. She was married to the late Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr. which gave her 5 children. A son, Benigno Simeon Aquino III , Maria Elena A. Cruz, Aurora Corazon A. Abellada, Victoria Eliza A. Dee, and Kristina Bernadette A. Yap. She led the people power revolution last 1986 which ended the 20-yr. regime of Ferdinand Marcos. This gave her the way to become the first female president in the Philippines and in Asia.

Post your yellow ribbons now to show support and condolences for the Aquino family. May she rest in peace!

yellow ribbon

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grace on July 30th, 2009
The Ark - Avilon Zoo

The Ark - Avilon Zoo

Last June 15, ’09, our family went to The Ark – Avilon Zoo in Tiendesitas, Ortigas. This is not the same as the Avilon Zoo found in Montalban, Rizal. This is Nicole’s first trip to the zoo so we’re all excited!

When we arrived there, Nicole was still sleeping so we took our lunch first in Blue Whale. Unfortunately, we are not satisfied with the food. They have very small serving so it’s not worth the price!

We went to the zoo after eating, just in time that Nicole is awake! She was very excited with all of the animals specially with the tiger, leopard and the orangutan! We also tried feeding the rabbits and hamsters! Warning: Be careful for  animal bites if you’re wearing slippers! Boy! Those little creatures are really hungry. As if they haven’t eaten for years! 🙂 They finisehed eating a piece of carrot within1-2 mins.!

Hamster / Rabbit feeding

Hamster / Rabbit feeding

We were just in time for the orangutan picture taking so we used our camera and the trainer took this pic for us! The good thing is it’s FREE. :p

Nice crocs! :p

Nice crocs! :p

Entrance Fee:

Adults = Php 250

Kids (1yr. old above) = Php 200

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grace on July 15th, 2009

After my Cake Decorating class in Heny’s yesterday, I went straight to Trinoma to meet my hubby so we could watch Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs! After our experience with Eastwood’s Ultra 7 cinema, we tried Trinoma’s 3D Digital Cinema! We enjoyed Ice Age 1 & 2 so now, we can’t miss part 3 of this movie! 🙂

Before you enter, they will give you 3D glasses, which will make your movie viewing more enjoyable! The movie itself was hilarious! Plus the experience of watching it in 3D makes you think as if you can touch the characters! 😉 Just be sure you give the glasses back!

wearing our 3D glasses
wearing our 3D glasses

While I’m searching the net, I grabbed these pictures from Animetric’s blog. We weren’t able to sit on the reclining chairs on the top row ‘coz I didn’t know they have one. I think watching the movie from the regular seats is just the same than the one on top.

view from the top
view from the top

recliner seats
recliner seats

Converting cinema 4 is a nice move for Trinoma, since SM malls already have IMAX! I still haven’t tried IMAX and Gateway’s Platinum cinema. Will surely try those next time! 🙂 For Php 300 you can get a different movie experience! So try it here and see the difference. 🙂

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grace on July 1st, 2009

After almost 2 years of not watching a movie in a theatre,  my hubby and I treated ourselves yesterday in watching  Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen in the new Eastwood Mall’s Cinema Ultra 7! It’s such a great coincidence because the last movie that we watched in a theatre was Transformers 1! 🙂

Watching in Ultra 7 is quite pricey (Php 401/ticket) but the ambience is superb! You get to sit in their purple lazy boy’s reclining chair plus  unlimited drinks and popcorn! Unfortunately, they only have sodas & water for the drinks and have 3 popcorn flavors (plain, cheese and bbq). Honestly, we didn’t eat that much popcorn because we’re too engrossed watching the movie!

After watching, we took our dinner in The Old Vine by: Chef’s Quarters. We ordered for soup of the day (vegetable soup), french onion soup (not recommended), Churrasco Beef tenderloin, roasted chicken and  ube cheesecake for dessert!

Even if my hubby was not satisfied with the story, I would say the movie was awesome! It has great graphics and special effects though I have to admit the acting is not that good… :p

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grace on June 26th, 2009

michaelIt’s been a shocking day today when the whole world heard the news about Michael Jackson’s death! 

 He was pronounced dead at 9:26pm (EDT), June 25, after arriving in the UCLA Medicla Center due to cardiac arrest.  It has been reported that  the cause of death is still unknown so an autopsy would likely take place. He died at a young age of 50 (1958 – 2009) and left his 3 children Prince Michael I, Paris and Prince Michael II.

“His lifetime record sales tally was believed to be around 750 million. With his 13 Grammy Awards and boundary-breaking music videos he was one of the most successful entertainers of all time.” – Reuters

We have ALL of Michael’s albums saved in our iPod and here are some of my fave hit songs from the King of Pop:

Rock With You, Don’t stop ‘Till You get Enough, The Way You Make Me Feel & Man in the Mirror

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