Monday, April 23, 2012

Anne Curtis wears Francis Libiran for ANTM!

Proudly Pinoy.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Fiber and Fruit!

Amidst fitness crazes, stern regimens, diet fads, and fleeting food restrictions, the pursuit for the elusive lean body (with great washboard abs as emphasis) has been a regular part of the modern Filipino lifestyle.  But in this fast-becoming health-conscious world, looking good is clearly not enough; balancing off the inner workings of one’s system is more important in achieving and maintaining a lean, fit, and healthy figure.  Enter Fiber & Fruit from the country’s innovative snack and refreshment company, Oishi, offering the goodness of soluble dietary fiber in a deliciously convenient and refreshingly natural fruit drink. 

Soluble dietary fiber has been a buzzword of nutritionists and fitness professionals for decades, emphasizing the importance of daily fiber intake to neutralize the ebb and flow of one’s digestion.  While fiber can be acquired from a lot of natural sources such as fruit and vegetables, sadly, the average Filipino does little to meet the 25-gram recommended dietary fiber intake vital in maintaining a healthy digestive system.  And poor workings of the digestive system could lead to a number of ailments and inconveniences: the uncomfortable constipation, the undesirable obesity, or the life-threatening colon cancer.      

So Oishi, with the Filipino health in mind, developed the perfect way of providing your dietary fiber RDA the best way it knows how: delicious, convenient, and affordable.  With over 7g of dietary fiber in every 500mL bottle (or 5g in every 350 mL bottle), Fiber & Fruit matches the fiber content of a sachet of the leading fiber supplement brand, while offering the tastiest, most refreshing option.  With the flavor of natural fruit juices of Apple, Peach, and Grape, fiber intake has gone a long way from the inconvenient, tasteless and texture-weird options currently available.  Readily found in most convenience store chains and neighborhood stores around the country, Fiber & Fruit serves up your daily fiber dose with a simple twist of the cap.

And once you discover the goodness of adding fiber in your diet, you quickly realize that Fiber & Fruit makes living light, clean, and free. By flushing out the toxins from one’s regular food intake, Fiber & Fruit aids in maintaining a healthier stomach, colon, and liver by decreasing their working’s impact on the system.  Fiber & Fruit not only regularizes the body’s inner movements, the refreshing drink also adds healthful, cell-protecting benefits in the body.  And what is good on the inside shows on the outside, so expect a fresher, youthful outlook in life.

So whatever your dietary convictions may be—whether you eat fatty or lean, matched with exercise, or foregoing any fitness activity-- maintain a healthy tummy in a fast, fun and ultimately flavorful way. With the goodness of fruit matching the powerful health rewards of fiber, Fiber & Fruit makes fiber intake “O so awesome”!  

Aside from all the write up from the press kit that was given to really is delicious. My favorite is Peach and Apple combined...with lots of ice! The sad thing.....I was given only 6. I wanted a whole box. It's that yummy. :) 

Dermalogica is a SUMMER Necessity!

 Research has found that antioxidant vitamins are as important as sunscreens when defending skin from the aging and burning effects of damaging ultraviolet (UV) light and free radicals.  For this very reason, Dermalogica, the skin care system researched and developed by The International Dermal Institute, created Daylight Defense, a line of solar defense products that feature UV Smart Booster Technology. 

UV Smart Booster Technology is a customized microcapsule that safeguards active vitamins and then bursts open upon contact with UV rays, releasing an active ingredient complex of Vitamin C and Vitamin E for maximum free radical protection.  This advanced technology provides skin with multiple benefits, including free radical defense when protection is most needed. It also provides advanced protection against UV-induced damage without the need for higher concentrations of potentially irritating sunscreen ingredients found in products with high SPF. From oily to extremely dry and sensitized skin, Dermalogica Daylight Defense provides ultimate sun protection.

Oil Free Matte Block SPF20
An ultra sheer, weightless lotion that provides UVA and UVB protection while absorbing excess oil from skin’s surface, it helps to maintain an all-day matte finish without a powdery residue. Ideal for skin that is prone to excess oil production or breakouts, it
uses the latest sunscreen technology to protect against UVA and UVB photo damage.

Super Sensitive FaceBlock SPF30
A chemical-free sunscreen and skin treatment designed for skin commonly irritated by sun protection ingredients, this sunscreen has Lavender, Green Tea and Licorice, which soothes irritation while mineral UV-blockers Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide provide invisible defense against the sun’s rays. Its antioxidants and botanical extracts help guard against premature aging and irritation and it also provides optimal hydration while reinforcing skin’s natural barrier lipids.

Extra Rich FaceBlock SPF30
An ultra-emollient, nourishing moisturizer and superior sunscreen in one formula, its chemical and physical sunscreens protect against UVA and UVB rays without over-drying skin.

Ultra Sensitive FaceBlock SPF25
A tinted, super-emollient product that is free of chemical sunscreens, it helps prevent irritation of sensitized skin conditions. Formulated in a rich base to help protect against environmental moisture loss, this product provides maximum sun protection against damaging UVA and UVB rays. Its tinted formula includes natural humectants to help protect against moisture loss and blend easily on the face while antioxidant vitamins and soothing botanicals help guard skin against premature aging and irritation.

Solar Defense Booster SPF30
A sunscreen supplement specifically formulated to add full spectrum protection to your favorite moisturizer or make-up, this product boosts the UV-defense of your prescribed Dermalogica Moisturizer or Treatment Foundation by mixing equal parts together. Highly-active botanical extracts and vitamins help scavenge free radicals, helping to combat premature aging. It may also be used alone for maximum SPF30 protection.

MultiVitamin BodyBlock SPF20
An intensely nourishing sunscreen and body moisturizer that treats areas prone to aging while blocking UVA and UVB rays, its fast-absorbing formula instantly hydrates while forming a velvety, non-greasy layer on skin. Using a non-greasy formula, it helps skin recover from previous damage while smoothing and relieving dryness.

WaterBlock Solar Spray SPF30
Formulated with the latest sunscreen technology, this S.D. alcohol-free spray absorbs rapidly to provide an invisible full-body shield against damaging UVA and UVB rays while maintaining SPF protection, even during activities or exposure to water. Ideal for outdoor enthusiasts, it quickly mists on very water resistant sunscreen (for up to 80 minutes) for instant full-spectrum protection.

Solar Defense Wipes SPF15
Hygienic, pre-moistened sunscreen wipes for face and body, this convenient travel pack goes anywhere and allows for frequent touch-ups in hard-to-reach areas. Ideal for children and outdoor enthusiasts, these wipes have antioxidant vitamins that help protect against premature aging while botanicals guard against skin irritation. Has very water resistant protection (for up to 80 minutes).

Solar Shield SPF15
An easy-to-use portable sunscreen stick that provides very water resistant protection (for up to 80 minutes) for the vulnerable lip, ear and nose areas, its botanical extracts combine with natural moisturizers to help soothe and hydrate skin.

After Sun Repair
An incredibly smoothing treatment balm that helps to repair damage from exposure to UV sunlight as it helps to cool sunburn and reduce discomfort, this product provides instant comfort and naturally reduces pain associated with overexposure. A soothing post-waxing balm that cools and helps minimize redness, it helps repair sun-related DNA damage. Moisturizing the skin to help shorten recovery time, this product’s calming extracts soothe and refresh.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Samuel Linder at Old Manila!

28 years ago, a chef was born in a small village in Switzerland. 

It might have already been a year but The Peninsula Manila welcomed Chef Samuel Linder as the Chef de Cuisine and promises a culinary delight. 

Not so long ago, chefs would affiliate themselves with one particular style of cooking, and stick to it. Chef Samuel leans toward a culinary style that experiments with techniques and ideas from various sources.

“I believe that the product is the star,” he says, “and I try to highlight the ingredients with the right cooking process in terms of flavor, texture and color. I like my menus to be light, fresh and innovative – a wonderful mix of taste, style and imagination.”

In response to growing demands for an efficient lunch menu, Chef Linder is offering a special three- and four-course prix fixe lunch weekday menu and this is exactly what we had. 

Dessert is always such a treat! 

“The degustation may be enjoyed with or without wine, although a glass of vino always enhances the Old Manila dining experience,” he suggests, and that's exactly what I plan to do again and again. 

For inquiries or reservations, please call 
The Peninsula Manila at (632) 887-2888 

World Gourmet Summit 2012!

Lifestyle Asia Named World Gourmet Summit 2012 Partner
Manila, Philippines—April 2012—Lifestyle Asia has been designated as the official Philippine publication partner of the 2012 World Gourmet Summit (WGS). The largest culinary event in Asia, held annually in Singapore, brings together luminaries in the food and wine industry. Renowned chefs, vintners and epicures converge in the city state to prepare and indulge in exceptional gastronomy.
The summit was launched 16 years ago and has since grown to become Asia’s most awaited epicurean event, billed as the “Oscars of food and wine.” Over the years, an international roster Pof Michelin starred and celebrity chefs have collaborated to bring the best of eastern and western sensibilities to the table. These have included Ferran Adrià, Anthony Bourdain, Pierre Hermé, Anne-Sophie Pic and Curtis Stone.
Food enthusiasts not only get to dine in some of the best tables in Singapore with food prepared by the culinary greats, there is also an opportunity to participate in master classes which they conduct,
This year’s WGS is themed “A Heritage of Flavours: Your Tradition, Our Innovation.” From April 23 to May 3, discriminating palates can take part in intimate dinners with such noted, Michelin-starred chefs as this year’s headliner, the food world’s enfant terrible, Marco Pierre White; stalwart of the nose-to-tail eating movement and creator of the legendary St. Johm Restaurant in London, Fergus Henderson, and revered avant garde chef and founder of El Taller de La Terraza del Casino, Adria’s protégé, Paco Roncero.
Organised by À La Carte Productions (a subsidiary of Peter Knipp Holdings), presented by Citibank, World Gourmet Summit 2012 is supported by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB). Lifestyle Asia will cover the event to bring a vantage perspective highlighting an aspect of living at its finest. The 25-year-old, award-winning monthly is a reference for a discerning readership who turn to the pages for dining, leisure and lifestyle options. The prestige publication of the One Mega Group has consistently ranked as the Philippine’s number one magazine in the luxury market category by the Synovate Media Atlas Report.

This is going to be an magnificent gastronomical event!

For tickets and more information on the World Gourmet Summit, visit

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Getting Married? This one's for YOU!

Aside from a fashion show that will feature 14 designers, including your bloggerina, there will be very useful information as to how to make your wedding perfect. The Peninsula Manila made it so easy for any bride and groom to have the most memorable wedding and you will see all this on April 21 at The Peninsula Manila. 

Food tasting, limo rides, sampling of make up, assorted flowers, wedding gowns and jewelry will be laid out for the couple to choose from. 

There's also a chance to win a stay at The Peninsula in Bangkok, Tokyo or Beijing.

I do hope to see all of you lovebirds there!! 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Oh My Gulay!!!

I do my grocery at Hypermart along EDSA. I love to shop there because it is spacious, clean and the staff are efficient. 

I don't go to the wet market because I hate seeing all the flies on the meat and vegetables. So even if it is a bit more expensive, I buy them in the grocery. 

But last week, I was grossed out and saddened to see that my Hypermart had vegetables in the display chiller that's almost rotten inside.

I bought it, went home to make salad and inside the outer leaves was this....EEEWWWWW....
I think that all the groceries need a fresh produce manager who checks on expiry dates and vegetable and fruits freshness.

Calling Hypermart Managers, don't make your customers eat dead leaves. 

A Day in Paradise.

The Dizon Family is huge. I mean huge. So huge that Daddy felt he needed to buy a 33 seater bus for when we go out of town. So huge that we need to book 5 rooms if ever we stay in a hotel. With yayas in tow, we are a traveling group of 30. 

Traveling by plane can get pretty pricey, locally and most surely if internationally. 

So this Easter, we decided to stay in Manila and do quick and short out of town trips. After all, Manila is at its best during Holy Week when the roads are almost empty. 

It was 3 days after our first day off from work and I could feel that Daddy is getting bored. He planned a trip to Subic using the Dizon bus and we were all set to go when I got a call the night before. 

It was Small and Ate Alice. 

2 weeks before Holy Week, I jokingly asked Small if they have a mansion to lend us. Take note, I asked for a mansion. Naturally, one would take this as a joke. 

The night before our Subic trip, I returned a missed call from Ate Alice. 

ME: Hi Ate! How are you? 
AA: I am good! I am so sorry to call you last minute but I want your family to go to my house in Tagaytay Midlands. 
ME: OMG, are you serious? (At this point, I am thinking, this is much better than Subic!)
AA: Yes, I want your family to use it. My cook will go there and prepare mirienda and dinner on your first day and breakfast and lunch for the next day. I insist. 

There's a lot of chit chat in between. But at the end of the night, it was settled. I will haul half of the Dizon Clan to Midlands, THANKS to my dearest Alice and Small. 

When I got there, I nearly fainted. Before my eyes was actually a MANSION. I instantly knew that God and Mom sent me my two angels (Alice and Small) and gave me and my family exactly what I asked for. 

The poolside. It's heated. It's huge. It's an infinity pool. It's so clean. It's a whole lot of fun! 

The pool bathroom!

The gardens. Manicured and landscaped to perfection!

The outdoor dining area. Our favorite place to hang out. 

Our 5 lbs came from these food. 

Gotta love SPAM.

The basement has a bedroom with 4 beds. The kids loved the sheets but this room has my name written all over it. I shared it with my Daddy, aunt, AG, Stefan and Jody. We all slept like babies. 

The Main House. 

Master's Bedroom.

Bedroom 1.

Bedroom 2.

The living room. 

The girls took their corners. 

My favorite view! Because I was hanging out the pool almost the whole time. This was my view for hours and hours. I didn't realize until now (when I have downloaded all my photos) that I took so much photos of the side of the house that...well....check it out...

At 2:00 pm.

At 3:00 pm.

Around 5:30 pm.

Around 7:30 pm.

We were sad to leave but happy we had a chance to enjoy each other in what we call paradise. 

To my Angel up in heaven, Mom, thank you for giving me two angels here on Earth.