Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Shopwise Now on honestbee

Grocery shopping is enjoyable for me when I have the time to leisurely go around each of the aisle, perusing each new item on the shelves.

But let's be honest, I seldom have the luxury of time to do that. Most often, it's a quick dash to grab all the pantry essentials so I can move along to the next errand. If you count driving to the grocery, looking for a parking spot, and then queueing for the cashier, grocery shopping is one chore that takes up a lot of time especially with the traffic situation lately.

I'm just so happy to know that Shopwise is one of the newest merchants to join honestbee, my fave online grocery concierge service.  Busy moms everywhere are now given more choices for their online grocery shopping, especially if they are looking for more affordable options for their daily essentials
Shopwise is one of my fave groceries because their shelves offer a lot of options that are essential to my everyday. Aside from that, prices are also reasonable.

Monday, December 10, 2018

{Weekend Footnotes} RACKS Honey Dijon Ribs

It's December already! There are certain things that are "constants" for me everytime December comes around: shopping and dining out.

Like a true Tita of Manila, my ideal weekend night is spent at home, in my pajamas. But my teens have other plans. They wanted to go out and have dinner. And in their eyes, I’m the #bestmomever, so shempre pagbigyan!

Traffic was terrible because December + Friday... but keri lang. I had a great time listening to their kwentos, getting updated on their fave song (Loving is Easy by Rex Orange County), enjoying the noisy laughter among the siblings, getting an update about all things in the news from C. 

When those Christmas songs are playing and people are shopping up a storm— sitting down to a meal before or after a shopping trip seems to fit right in, di ba? The kids wanted to have dinner at RACKS, which we did not visit in a long time, but they have a new offering which the kids wanted to try: the Honey Dijon Ribs!

RACKS makes your holiday experience extra special with the new mouth-watering Honey Dijon Babys. RACKS’ premium baby ribs is smothered with honey and dijon mustard giving you some sweet, tangy and smoky flavor bursts.
RACKS’ Honey Dijon Babys

Honey Dijon Pork Ribs

Each serving comes with house salad and your choice of two side dishes. It’s perfect for sharing with your family and friends.

RACKS’ Honey Dijon Babys are available for Php 595 (Half slab), Php 995 (Full slab)
Each plate is served with our house salad and your choice of 2 side dishes.

Honey Dijon Pork Rib Platter is good for 6 persons. 
It comes with a full rack of classic pork ribs, your choice of 3 large side dishes, a platter of steamed rice and a pitcher of our home-brewed iced tea for only P2,275!

RACKS’ Honey Dijon Babys will only be available for a limited time, until January 8, 2019 only. So pass by any RACKS branches to give it a try.  #RACKSTheTasteYouRemember

For more information and a list of all RACKS branches, check out @RACKSphl on Facebook and Instagram.


Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Curves Magnolia + IG Giveaway

Whenever I see women my age with toned arms, I wish that mine would look like that, too. I miss the arms I had when I was in my 20s. Now that I'm in my 40s, I just stopped wearing sleeveless tops because I just want to hide my arms. It's not that I have big arms, it's just that they are devoid of muscles. It would look more attractive to wear sleeveless tops pag my definition sa arms kahit papaano, di ba?
My most recent photo. I'm happy to see that I've lost a few inches off my thighs and hips which are so stubborn and most difficult to take out. Do you have that problem, too?

I'm on my ideal weight, but I want to work on having a toned body naman. So I don't look like a lola. Hahahaha!

I've been on a low-sugar diet for about a year now. I'm not overweight to begin with, but after reading on the effects of sugar on our bodies, I wanted to lower my family's consumption of it. Not necessarily eliminate all types of sugar because that would be too drastic, and therefore hard to follow through. I just wanted to decrease our intake of refined sugar. I bake using dates as sweetener and we limit sweet treats to weekends only.

But of course, even if I lose the weight, a toned body will only come through hard work and exercise.

I know of Curves Magnolia through my friend, Rowena of Animetric's World. She has been going regularly for a couple of months now, and she claims to have lost weight even without extreme dieting, jsut consistent daily workouts of 30 minutes each time.
Curves is a fitness facility designed for women featuring a total body workout in just 30 minutes. It is composed of warm up, cardiovascular and strength training, cool down and stretching.

My coach explaining to me what to expect during the workout

Curves Magnolia makes use of hydraulic resistance machines which are very convenient to use and safe for women of all ages and fitness level. It works with the same concept of aquatics wherein the more you exert effort, the more you work against the resistance which builds lean muscle, burn fats and raises metabolism. Which is basically everything that this mama needs!

Why Curves?
This workout is perfect for busy moms, let me correct myself, not just moms but all busy women in general, since it is only half an hour long.  It's so easy to squeeze it in our busy everyday, di ba? Their program is centered on strength training with cardio and flexibility all in just 30-minutes of total body workout. A circuit coach gives instruction as you go around in each of the stations. You spend about 30 seconds on each of the machines with a recovery station between each intervals.

Curves also has specialty classes like Zumba and Body Basics. The classes are incorporated during the recovery station, which means you still need to go through each resistance machine in between.

I want to try Arms and Core by Curves. The class promises to strengthen muscles in the arms and core which can, in turn, help prevent a lot of problems such as low back pain, muscle injuries, poor posture and increased fatigue. Hopefully, it will help me slowly get back into my sleeveless tops and show off those toned arms. 

During the time of my visit, it was off-peak and I saw them sanitizing the equipment. 
Now, my OC self is assured that the equipment re being cleaned regularly.

The locker room is sparse and clean

Workout is always more fun when done with a buddy, so I asked my daughter to tag long with me and join me.

Do you want to get a FREE Curves Magnolia Guest Pass for you and 3 more friends? 
I will be running a super easy IG giveaway. So hop on over to my IG account to join.

Curves Magnolia is located at the G/F of The Magnolia Residences,
Dona Hemady St. cor N. Domingo Ave, 
New Manila Quezon City ( near Robinson’s Magnolia Mall)
0906 526 7307 or 0949 111 1484

Follow them on Instagram @Curves.Magnolia for more updates!


Friday, November 23, 2018

Christmas Offerings by honestbee

The holiday season calls for a lot of get-togethers with friends and reunions with family members. I'm so looking forward to all the eating that I'm going to be doing this season. After all the holidays is a good excuse to indulge ourselves and enjoy all the food!

But, i'm also dreading the holiday rush AND the holiday traffic AND the long queues. It's a good thing honestbee just added several more merchants to its carefully curated list of vendors. Now I can spend more time celebrating rather than wasting my time in never ending lines and in traffic jams that takes forever. I simply just place my order online and honestbee comes to my rescue. Whether its food for potluck dinner reunions, sweets for the dessert table or food gift baskets, honestbee has got us covered!
With the honestbee mascot and Rowena of Animetric's World 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018


I've just gotten one kid in college! Yes!!!

I can't exactly describe what I'm feeling, it's a mixture of relief, happiness and excitement.

She's in the university of her choice, taking up the course she wants. She's enjoying meeting new friends, busy joining orgs that she's interested in, exploring her vast new world

I toured her campus one Saturday while waiting for her to attend a one-hour seminar. 
This new building just opened.

Dont you just love the study are in their newest building? Parang ang sarap tumambay dito ano?

 I do not tell her to "obey" anymore like when she was younger. I would like to believe that I've instilled the right values when they were younger to make the right choices now that she is not with me most of the time.

For the most part, I've been trying to encourage her to "discipline herself." Self-discipline is the key to helping kids become responsible adults, don't you agree? Whether that means turning off netflix so they can get their homework done, getting offline to finish a paper that's due, waking up early to sqeeze in a quick workout or even just saying no to an extra cookie. 

She's level-headed and I trust her to master the "learning curve" of adulthood soon.

So happy for her when she shared the news that she got in as a writer for The Guidon.
It's a prestigious student publication and it make her feel accomplished to pass it.  

But the need for self-discipline also applies to me. I also need the same amount of self-discipline to let her go. Hindi mabilis! I literally have to put my hand over my mouth sometimes to stop myself from giving unsolicited advice.

As she makes the transition from adolescence to adulthood, I also need to transition into my new role as a supporting player in her life. I'm trying to figure out when I should step in, and when to back off. I'm still a work in progress. I'm trying to learn to keep quiet more. To sit on my fingers and wait a little more patiently. I've learned to not share all the worries I have about what she should or shouldn't do.

There are times when I question her choices and don't agree with her decisions. But then, my husband is quick to tell me that making some poor decisions is part of the process of learning and growing into adulthood. It IS part of growing up. He reminds me that part of our job as parents is to provide unconditional love with a strong set of guidelines along the way. 

My daughter knows that she can always still run to me when she needs any help. I will always have her back.

Speaking of the importance of having my daughter's back, pH Care also recently launched their #GotYouGirl campaign, showing the importance of girls having each other's backs.

pH Care
Now that my daughter is in college, she has long school days. She's got classes from early morning and has to attend org meetings or writing workshops until early evening,  Because I'm a woman, too, I know how important it is to feel fresh all over until the end of the day.  

Luckily, pH Care sent over a hygiene care package that can provide us with the exact kind of care we  need. They have a pH Care variant infused with Natural Guava Leaf Extracts, a natural anti-bacterial solution proven to provide protection against odor, itch and irritation.

There’s nothing like someone who’s there for you every step of the way. For understanding and care like no other, pH Care definitely has #GotYouGirl

Sharing the latest video of pH CAre for their #GotYouGirl campaign. Dart sa heart. Women of all ages can relate: https://www.facebook.com/phcarephilippines/videos/1857651577870471/

Nothing compares to the feeling of having someone who gets us and cares for us no matter what. 

Get a chance to win your own #GotYouGirl kit containing everything in this photo that you can share with your besties, mom, sister or daughter.


It's so easy. 
1. Like my IG post. 
2. Follow @phcarephlippines and @thephenomenalmama on IG. 
3. Repost the giveaway photo. MAKE SURE YOUR ACCOUNT IS SET TO PUBLIC for the duration of this giveaway. Caption with: "#TPMxPHCAREgiveaway" and "#GotYouGirl"
4. Tag 3 of your besties in the comment section. 
5. ONE Winner will be announced on September 26, 2018. Winner will pick up prize in Makati

pH Care is available in all leading supermarkets, department stores, and convenience stores nationwide. 50ml pH Care bottle is PHP 52.00, 150ml pH Care bottle is PHP 115.00, 250ml pH Care bottle is PHP 148.00, feminine wipes is PHP 45.00

To know more about pH Care:
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Friday, September 14, 2018

Weekend Footnotes: Manam + Papa Kim + The Grid + Gringo

It's been quite a while since I shared where we ate for the weekend, so expect a photo heavy post as I play catch up. We've tried quite a few new restos and I want to share them all with you

This has been around for quite some time na, but it has a newly opened branch in our side of Manila, so we gave it a try a few weeks back. Expect a long queue during peak hours so it's best to arrive early to get a table as we are talking about waiting hours to get a table during lunch.

 Crunchy Salt and Pepper Squid Rings (P280)

 Lumpiang Bicol Express (P130)

Sinigang na Beef Short Rib and Watermelon (P755)

Crispy Pata with Garlic Chili Bits (P980) 

 Crispy Pancit Palabok (P385)

Grilled Tiger Prawns Topped with Homemade Aligue Sauce (P945)

Turon of Mango and Kesong Puti with Ice Cream (P150)

Ground Floor, O Square Building 2, Greenhills Shopping Center, Greenhills, San Juan City

Nacho Grande P265

 We ordered 4 pieces of the Latin Salpicao Street Tacos (P105 each)

 Full Rack Gringo Baby Back Ribs P745

Gringo Southern Spice Chicken (P375 for half order)

Gringo Chicken & Ribs
O Square 2 Building, Ortigas Ave cor Wilson, Greenhills, San Juan

The Grid Food Market in Power Plant Mall

One of the reasons why we made the trek to Rockwell one weekend was to try The Grid Food Market. We wanted to try the Lobster Roll from Bun Appetit, the porchetta from Le Chon and the soft tacos from La Chinesca.

My husband and I ordered one roll each. Generous servings of lobster on top of wonderfully buttered bread. K lang for the almost P700ish per sandwich. It won''t make me forget my name but it's not bad either. I mean, I've tasted better. 

My daughter wanted ramen and my son wanted chicken karaage.

My husband's order from La Chinesca

food orders from Le Chon: lechon porchetta nd angus belly

The Grid
R2 Level Expansion, Power Plant Mall, Makati
Facebook: The Grid Food Market
Instagram: @thegridfoodmarketph

Papa Kim's Korean Bakery and Coffee
There was this time during one of the long weekends in August that I found myself enjoying the long break too much and was lazy to cook dinner, so I convinced the rest of the family to go with me to Tomas Morato to eat at one of the bakery/cafes in the area that I wanted to try out.

Papa Kim's Bakery and Coffee is a cozy and unassuming cafe in the middle of the busy Morato dining area. Perfect for quick family meals where we can have an actual conversation going over dinner.

 Chicken Pesto Pasta (P255)

 Korean Spicy Chicken (P180)
This is our fave order from Papa Kim's and my son actually had 2 servings.

 Beef Bulgogi (P220)

Cakes are also available, and I wanted to try this one but everyone else in the family wanted to order bingsu. I'm on a ow-sugar diet and I couldn't finish one slice so I just skipped dessert.

 Crazy Oreo Bingsu (P110)

 Choco Banana Bingsu (P110)

Heaven-sent for this baon-prepping mama, all one-day old breads are on 50% discount so I bought soem for the kids' baon. 

I just stored them in the freezer and they were still good for the next 2 days.
The cream cheese bread is really good and I would go back for it next time as the kids love it as well.

Papa Kim’s Korean Bakery & Coffee
264 Tomas Morato Avenue, Sct. Fernandez St.
Bgy. Sacred Heart, Quezon City
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/papakimsph/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/papakimsph/

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