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Author Archives: Joy

The Royal Touch Gourmet Cupcakes

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be royalty? Or do you fancy having an English tea party experience? Well, there’s a place in town that can satisfy the Anglophile in you: The Royal Touch Gourmet Cupcakes. Sipping tea is one of my favorite things in the world, and I’ve always dreamt of visiting … Continue reading »

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Terrific Ten

My daughter Bea turned 10 years old last June 5. We tried to keep the celebration as simple as possible but, as parents, my husband and I take our little girl’s dreams very seriously. You will recall that Bea’s 9th birthday last year was a tribute to her most favorite celebrity of all, Taylor Swift. … Continue reading »

Categories: Mommy Diaries, Staycation | 2 Comments

Ice Cream Dreams

With the summer temperatures soaring to as high as 39 degrees Celsius, it’s always a great idea to eat ice cream. Gone are the days when our flavor choices are limited to the usual chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, ube and cheese. We’re now in the age of artisan ice cream brands. Local ice cream these days … Continue reading »

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Summer Getaway: Hong Kong

I know I said our family didn’t have plans for this summer vacation and that was true. But something incredibly wonderful happened and we just found ourselves packing our bags for a family trip to Hong Kong. It’s been 6 long years since we all visited so I was really looking forward to setting foot … Continue reading »

Categories: Wanderlust | 2 Comments

Summer Getaway: White Rock Waterpark and Beach Hotel

Itching to go somewhere out of town but on a shoestring budget? Why not have a pocket vacation to a nearby resort? My family and I don’t have anything planned for the summer, so my daughter Bea and I decided to go to my hometown of Olongapo on the last weekend of March. Once there, … Continue reading »

Categories: Weekend Getaway | 2 Comments

Raffles Makati

Someone once proclaimed that life begins at 40 (it’s actually the title of a 1932 non-fiction book authored by Walter B. Pitkin). I personally believe my life really began at 25, but I still wanted to make a big deal out of turning 40.  So on my 40th birthday last March 8, I chose to … Continue reading »

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Spread the LOVE

The sweetest treat came on Valentine’s Day in the form of these Premium Fudgy Brownies from Mary Grace Cafe. Imagine, the cafe gave out 143 boxes of these humongous brownies absolutely free to the first 143 persons who signed up on its facebook page! How sweet is that? It took me only about a minute … Continue reading »

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Hokkaido Ramen Santouka’s Shio Ramen

At first, I couldn’t understand why people would be willing to wait in line just to get a table at Hokkaido Ramen Santouka in Glorietta.  But then again, I was never really into ramen. My cravings for Japanese food usually revolve around sukiyaki, sashimi, okonomiyaki and even takoyaki. Ramen, a typical Japanese noodle soup dish, … Continue reading »

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St. Giles Makati (St. Giles Classic Hotel)

I won an overnight stay in St. Giles Makati from its photo contest on facebook (there were only 7 entries and 5 winners, go figure) and I used the free accommodation right away. I was with my husband, Caloy and our daughter, Bea and we wondered who Saint Giles was and how come a hotel … Continue reading »

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A note of thanks

At the start of 2013, I took on a challenge posted by one of my online friends on facebook: a gratitude jar or box. The idea is to fill the jar or box with notes about things or events — big or small — that make one grateful. But because there’s so much to be … Continue reading »

Categories: From the Heart | 3 Comments