Celebrating Earth’s Bounty: Odette Singapore

I got off at the Supreme Court Wing with an important appointment to attend.  The massive Corinthian columns, towering dome, and classic architectural details stood proud and distinguished against a moonlit evening sky. This Old Supreme Court Building/ former courthouse in Singapore was the last classical (architectural style) structure built in the former British colony….

Kristine Lotilla: Risen Chef

Don’t mess with Kristine Lotilla. She is a Taekwondo black belter. She is also a kitchen goddess/ chef who loves to travel and eat. A merit scholar and cum laude graduate at Enderun, she earned another scholarship (jointly from Enderun and the French government) to take her training in Paris at Ecole de Cuisine Alain Ducasse…

Jackie Ang Po: “No Day Off”

Jackie Ang Po, chef and owner of cafe and pastry shop, Fleur de Lys Patisserie Inc., has been in business since 2001. Among her many awards, she has received Bronze for  Singapore FHA Plated Dessert, Gold for Best Hongkong Food Expo-Live High Tea, Gold Award for Coach at the Hongkong Food Expo- Live High Tea and just…

May Santos: Dr. Baker

Do you have a skill/hobby that you enjoy? If you have been thinking of making a business out of it, the series on Entrepreneurship may help you with prayer for discernment, assess your circumstances, and get inspiration from other women entrepreneurs (specially in the food business) who are gracious to share their stories and tips…

Thanksgiving Season Is Daily Special

Today’s YouVersion verse is perfect for Thanksgiving week: I will (commitment; definition #5: expressing habitual behavior) give (freely transfer the possession of) thanks (expression of gratitude, appreciation; acknowledgment, recognition, credit) to You, Lord, with all my heart (believe it very strongly or deeply) I will tell (communicate information, facts, or news to someone in spoken or written…

Why You Shouldn’t Look To Christians

My excesss fifteen lbs. just lurv (Thank you, Jane Go for the word!) me to death!  But Yay! I’m on my third week of attending the dancercise which I abandoned for almost three years. Yesterday, Lilia, one of the attendees who has been absent for almost a year came, too! She said she was encouraged…

How To Shake Off Anxiety and Negativity

My stepdad (who was very good to me) passed away just after I left California more than three weeks ago. His celebration-of -life memorial was yesterday. It was way too soon for me to get another ticket to fly back. My comfort was the possibility of doing FB livestream (which, like a status update actually…

“There Are Treasures In Life That Can Only Be Found In The Dark”: Fe Abellera Gochuico

I was supposed to be in Makati until evening. She was supposed to have early lunch somewhere else. It was her birthday and her former student’s mom, Mayette, our occasional guest wanted to take Teacher Fe out. A jumble of uninformed venue change for my seminar, lack of gas, and traffic delay caused us to…

Lillian Wong: Facing Grief

After our dancercise, I thanked Dr. Lillian Tabrani for sharing about Joe Holcombe and asked her if she could share about grief. Here, with her blessing, I share her answer with you: Besides being my parent, my mom is also my closest friend so when she passed away, it was like losing two persons at the same…

Aki Con Achis Aquí

Aki has been aquí (here) in Manila for a year and eight months. Sometime last year, she happened to read in the Shinbun (Japanese newspaper) the story of my shop which my designer, Joi Cutter arranged after her husband (John) met Japanese journalist, Kantaro Suzuki, at the Death March celebration in Bataan. When Aki and…