Bordeaux Region: Real en Medoc Stay and Saint Julien Dinner

Many years ago, I visited Le Cordon Bleu (Pasadena) inquiring about taking up a course to upgrade my kitchen work skills. But because the course required several months of staying in California while my kids were still in grade school in Manila, the choice was easy: drop the idea and find other ways.  I then…

Through the Doors of Manila House

Aki texted me while I was at work if I wanted to come with her to visit Auro Chocolate’s Pop-up store at the Manila House, a by-invitation members-only exclusive club at the cocooned beautiful enclave of BGC. I love Auro Chocolates. They use and promote local cacao beans; they seek to empower Filipino cacao farmers…

When a Child or Loved One Seems To Have Gone Off-Course: Manel Diwa

Have you ever been discouraged in your parenthood journey? Do you have a loved one who seems to have gone away from the Lord? Manel Diwa, wife of Dr. Russell “Butch” Diwa, talks of a time when the results of her earnest  effort to raise her daughters right still left her “spinning with disappointment.”  Years…

Tried with Fire 

Received this encouraging devotion from Malu Ortiz and wanted to share it with you. [If you are the one who wrote it, please let me know so I can give proper credit.] Tried with Fire These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold-though your…

Casa Daza Dad’s Recipe for Enjoying His Young Adult Kids

(Extension of Fathers’ Inspirational stories for Fathers‘ Month of June) Cool dad, Sandy Daza, has four young adult kids.  Franco (28 years old), Ali (24), Turo (23), Danielle (20) inherited their beautiful mother, Tessa’s, and dad’s good looks and talents. Franco just graduate from college. Turo is a VJ in MYX at ABS-CBN. Both men…

Ikaw Na Ang Maganda: Dress Pure and Lovely by Malu Tiongson-Ortiz

Author, Malu Tiongson-Ortiz, now has two National Bookstore bestsellers in her Beauty book series! Ikaw Na And Maganda: How to Be Beautiful Inside and Out (both original and English translation available in Kindle edition at Amazon) Ikaw Na And Maganda Book 2: Dress Up Pure and Lovely And later this year, at the upcoming Annual September Book…

Anthony Pangilinan: 5M’s to Lead Your Family to The Lord

(Extension of Fathers’ Inspirational stories for Fathers‘ Month of June) When I chanced upon the Instagram account of Universal Records’ new artist, Donny Pangilinan, I noticed his tagline says, “Glory is all His.” I found a music video  among his recent posts; in it, I recognized Hannah Pangilinan [who was just at my shop last week……

Woburn Part 2: Sunrise and The Gardens

Please click the title for Part 1: Woburn Abbey: Where Afternoon Tea Ritual Started At dawn, I drove up a mile or so to catch the sunrise. Later, Monique and I headed off to Bletchley Park about twenty minutes away.  We should not have planned anything after Bletchley Park so we could explore it more. But due…

Woburn Abbey: Where Afternoon Tea Ritual Started

As my deer, errr, as my dear friend, Monique and I entered the grounds of the Woburn Abbey, I couldn’t help but break out into whisper-singing this song: As the deer panteth for the water, so my soul longeth after Thee You alone are my heart’s desire and I long to worship Thee Monique spontaneously…

When Godly Parenting Looks Fruitless -Dr. Russell “Butch” Diwa

I could be president of Nika Diwa’s Fan Club.  Well, okay maybe with all the things I have to juggle, at least an avid member! I love what she’s doing and how she’s empowering women through fashion. Her mention of a time of rebellion and this post below caught my attention: I thought it would…

Boogi Business Blessing

A few days ago, I received an email about the sale of this product from BOOGI: and that’s how I remembered that it has been a year since Felichi Buizon invited me to the blessing of the BOOGI Showroom in LRI.  It was a well-attended beautiful event with a special mini-concert from one of the…