OMG at Todd English Food Hall

Have you ever felt like you were living under a rock or experiencing life through other people’s online photos?  That’s how I felt when yesterday on ASEAN holiday, I met up with my friend, Cielo, who recommended  lunch at Todd English Food Hall, SM Aura; this opened in the first quarter of 2014! (English is the chef’s…

We Know the Ending and It’s Good

How do you overcome grief over losing a loved one? I was mourning on the phone with my mom yesterday over recently losing my stepdad, (her late husband) Bob, to cancer. I remembered his many kindnesses to me and how he made a difference in my life. Times like this, I wonder if the pain…

Healthy Option at Dean and Deluca, Rockwell with Edith

My friend and teacher, Edith, and I met up for lunch. We had healthy Quinoa Salad with Smoked Salmon and Mango. The saltiness of the firm smoked salmon met the pungent aromatic red onions that dominated the quinoa and other vegetables.  The light vinaigrette dressing with bursts of red beet puree and the sweet mangoes…

Sunshine Puey

Sunshine Puey went to culinary school at Tante Marie’s in San Francisco in 2001 and Ecole Ritz Escoffier in Paris in 2005. She has been working since with over fifteen years’ experience in the culinary industry abroad and here in Manila.   She was co-founder of the premier degustation restaurant, The Goose Station, and she is…

How To Not Die Before You Do

Have you had worries about illness, aging, death?  Today’s YouVersion verse brings a fresh perspective. The apostle Paul who wrote this had been exposed to death again and again. He knows what it is to stare death in the face. Repeatedly. And he has way more than enough reason to lose heart. So he understands when…

La Vie En Rose

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be told every day words of love that make you know for sure that with the one to whom you belong, it’s you for him and him for you throughout life? And when he takes you in his arms and enters your heart, his presence banishes your pains and burdens such…

Billiken in Shinsekai, Osaka 

One of the interesting discoveries here at the old Osaka neighborhood of Shinsekai is Billiken which could be found in many restaurant facades: Caption under above sign: “Billiken is a “god of happiness” that was created in the US in 1908.  In 1909, it came to Japan where its unique appearance with a pointed head…

Osaka 24-Hour Eat Drink Walk

For a day of exploring food and drink around town, one must exercise a stronger determination to say no to the array of food on offer that comes with the room and just go for a light salad to start the day with. Where you won’t be required to have one food order per person,…

Western Tea House, Osaka

Aki confirmed that the Japanese sign on this building says, “Western Tea House!” The beloved and I wanted to try something new this time so we headed for the longest  (2.6 km) shopping street in Osaka: Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Street, consisting of some six hundred shops of Japanese food, clothing, souvenirs, specialty shops. My favorite find was…

12 Hours in Kobe

On a roll of appreciating nature in the Autumn season, the day’s blessing was the beloved’s surprise of an impromptu day trip to Kobe with a new stop. Nunobiki Herb Garden From Osaka, the Shinkansen Train to Kobe takes only 13 minutes plus a good walk to the entrance of the Herb Gardens on Mount…