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Time for me

January 27, 2015 mommy talk, my passion No Comments

This is the view I see everyday when I drive out of our village to bring my children to school. It is lovely and I almost have to pinch myself daily to remind myself that I am not dreaming.  I thrive in this kind of vastness and it liberates my mind.  But there are many concerns that I need to attend to daily and though a view like this gives respite to my busyness, sometimes it’s good to go farther.

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My husband was a bit taken aback when he learned that I decided to leave a day early for my Boracay event.  He wasn’t aware I had planned to go on a day off.  Oh gosh, I completely forgot to tell him about my plans.  Somehow, I had been lost in dreamland about my much needed break.  God knows I force my house staff to take their days off seriously and maybe that has rubbed off on me.  What I know is that a happy wife makes everyone happy and deep inside I kinda trust that my family understands..Ok, I completely forgot to tell them but they forgave me and are happy I could have a break.

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How could I not take advantage of a trip to Boracay?  Why, I even planned to make sure my training (road) manager cum financial planner consultant, Venus Coraza came with me because we love each other’s company and have the same mindset when we travel. The first thing we did was sleep.

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Venus laughed out loud when she woke up with all the shutters shut and the room was in utter darkness because we were after all in Boracay!  So you can already guess what we did- sleep, work a bit, sleep and eat and chat and laugh till we got tired and then we begin again- just what every girl needs once in a while :)

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We gave each other time to be on our own to reflect,  just be and marvel at everything including that most delicious Halo-Halo snack we had at Discovery Shores…ah, so sinful but yummy!

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Of course I came armed with my running and swim stuff- how could I resist not running the powdery white shores of Bora? Loved it especially at 6:30 am when everything was calm and quiet.  Just the kind of day off this mama needs and yes, I did come home happy. Looking forward to my next day off. :)

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Clean up, Clean up!

January 22, 2015 my bulletin No Comments

Product Review: Dyson Cordless Vacuum

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One of things I like to postpone is to bring down the Christmas decor and let go of our Pine tree.  I wish there was a way to replant it..

We got a kick out of cleaning up during the super hectic holidays with our new Dyson cordless vacuum cleaner.  I have been hearing a lot about this nifty gadget from a few of my friends and am so glad to have finally tried it.

It was my greatest ally during those times we had lots of guests for the holidays, it was fun to clean up in style without bothering anybody with cords being pulled in different places that it became some sort of a conversation piece.

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Normally, I would just wait for everyone to leave and then clean up but this year, we had tons of parties at home and cleaning was made easier with the Dyson cordless vacuum cleaner.  I could even use it in areas that I would normally not be able to reach with a regular vacuum cleaner.

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The filter is washable and can easily be installed back for more cleaning action.

How I wish though that its battery would last forever so I won’t have to stop cleaning once I get on a roll.  But maybe that is a good thing too so I can manage my cleaning time.

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Even my baby Solana enjoyed cleaning with her daddy coz she could see all the bad germs hidden in even the tiny particles of dirt getting sucked up .  This gets my Mommy Maricel seal of approval!



#tambaisessions here !

December 24, 2014 mommy talk No Comments

If you find yourself in the Poblacion, Makati area, this is a must place to try!


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Ok I’m quite biased here coz it’s my brother Melvin’s Yakitori joint and from the first time he mentioned this idea to me, I knew it would be a hit and a hit it turned out to be.

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Tambai Yakitori Snackhouse hasn’t even had a formal opening and people have been coming in droves in this modest establishment.


Here’s a sample of its soft opening menu-

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You would never guess what you will find in this posh sidewalk eatery.  It’s like eating in a fine dining resto without having to spend an arm and a leg!

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Thank God for these mga Tambai boys Chef Jerome Valencia, Franco Ocampo and my bro, Melvin Viceral that they finally put all their years of training in various tambay joints into good use! I remember when their usual #tambaisessions were in our house and glad they are now grilling and happening! Great job and all the very best, boys!  Tambai na!

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Tambai Yakitori Snackhouse is located at: 5779 Felipe st. Bgy Poblacion, Makati.  Follow them on Instagram @tambai_snackhouse. You may contact them thru +63 917 8423725; Grilling from 5pm to 12am.

Walk of Fame

December 3, 2014 mommy talk No Comments

Tony Ferrer A.K.A. X44 is a true Filipino Cult Icon during his time.  He is an 8th dan blackbelter who has accomplished 155 movies that include Asian and Hollywod films namely: The Vengeance of Fu Manchu (1967) with Christopher Lee, Cosa Nostra Asia (1974) with Chris Mitchum, Blind Rage (1978) with Fred Williamson, and Cover Girl Models (1975) with Pat Anderson for New World Pictures.

He turned 80 this year and received this special gift-

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We are so happy that our father has been given such a worthy honor to be included in this year’s roster of Walk of Fame awardees.

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Photo-op with my brother, Mark, myself, X44 and Mutya

 We are eternally grateful to Kuya Germs who is responsible for making the Walk of Fame possible so that the  stars may forever be remembered for their contribution in the entertainment industry.

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My sister Mutya and I actually started our showbiz careers via Kuya Germs’ That’s Entertainment and GMA Supershow so the event also served as a reunion for us three.

Here’s a sweet throwback photo I found from our days together in show business while sharing the limelight with our dad, Tony Falcon A.K.A Agent X44

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This December 2014’s roster of awardees include:

  • Daniel Padilla
  • Kathryn Bernardo
  • Allan K
  • Vice Ganda
  • Tony Ferrer
  • Chanda Romero
  • Willie Revillame
  • Lisa Macuja-Elizalde
  • Dante Rivero
  • Joel Lamangan
  • Tom Rodriguez


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  • Luis Gabriel Moreno
  • Jaya
  • Daisy Romualdez
  • Lito Legaspi
  • Angelito Nepomuceno
  • Cory Quirino
  • Aiko Melendez
  • Angel Aquino
  • Sylvia Sanchez
  • Carmi Martin
  • Jestoni Alarcon
  • Evangeline Pascual


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My dad was so excited that he walked too fast to see his star that we couldn’t  take a proper selfie !

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We couldn’t take a proper group shot either because of all the commotion and excitement of everyone but I just had to acknowledge the presence of my brother in law, Jinggoy Buensuceso, my Uncle Rico and Auntie Minia Laxa and family friend Amay Bisaya for celebrating such a special event in our dad’s life.

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After a while, we had to allow him to take center stage and  enjoy his ‘moment’

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Good night, sleep tight

November 14, 2014 my bulletin No Comments


This is my continuing post on coping with eczema.  As I have shared in my previous entries, we have had the chance to rise above our challenges  with eczema through various ways.  The key is prevention more than anything and equipping ourselves with the proper knowledge about it really helps all the family members in supporting those who have eczema.  This condition is not infectious. Certain weather conditions may aggravate eczema in some people  It can definitely subside and managed properly by making sure their skin is properly  and Elica is applied early on to eczema rashes.

When daytime hydration is prioritised, this could very well mean a good night’s rest .  Moisturise all throughout the day so that itchiness is minimised.  I make sure that my kids have their emollients handy so that at any time of the day when they feel dry, they are able to moisturise right away.

Here are some ways you can set the tone for a restful sleep for your kids with eczema:

  • Make sure nails are kept short always.
  • A nice , cool bath with a generous amount of emollient applied on the skin right after bathing .  Pat to dry with towel.
  • Dress in cotton nightwear
  • Make sure they sleep in omfortable beddings that are light and preferably made of cotton in a cool room at around .
  • A happy disposition before bed paves way for beautiful dreams

A good night’s rest for my child means a good night’s rest for the rest of the family as well.