Wednesday, May 23, 2018

May 23, 2018

KTOWN Korean Pop Up Fair at Fisher Mall


Annyeonghaseyo! 

Good news for all the Korean fanatic out there! Mark your calendars now and be ready to conquer KTOWN Korean Pop Up Fair!  Happening on August 18-19, 2018, this event will be happening at the Fisher Mall Activity Center! 

No need to fangirl on your favorite oppas and idols from afar! Meet up with your fellow fangirls/boys and rave about the latest Korean music, dramas and trends. Get a chance to know more about the Korean Culture and experience them through food, make-up, games and more!

So, save the date and do not dare to miss out! See you there!

For more information, visit ktown.mnl on Facebook and @ktown_mnl on Instagram.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

May 08, 2018

Random Thoughts

May mga pagkakataon sa buhay natin na kahit anong pilit, kahit anong sikap ang gawin natin, sadya talagang hindi umaaayon sa ating plano. At sa mga pagkakataong ito, madalas ginugusto na nating sumuko. Ngunit pagsuko nga ba talaga ang kasagutan? Hindi kaya ang pagtanggap? Pagtanggap na hindi natin hawak, hindi lamang ang isip ng mga taong nasa paligid natin, kundi higit lalo ang plano ng Diyos sa atin.

Pagsubok. Ang bawat sakit at kabiguang ating nararanasan ay pawang mga pagsubok lamang na kapag ating nalampasan ay lalo lang magpapatibay sa atin bilang isang indibidwal. Ang masaklap nga lamang ay kapag hindi natin kinaya ang mga pagsubok na ito dahil maaari itong maging sanhi ng ating tuluyang pagkalugmok at pagkabigo. At dito pumapasok ang kahalagahan ng suporta at pagmamahal ng mga taong nasa paligid natin. Sila ang maaaaring maging sandigan natin sa panahon ng mga kalunos-lunos na pagkakataon. Ngunit muli, paano kung ang mga taong inaaasahan mong dadamay sayo ay siya rin mismong mang-Iowan sayo sa ere. Masakit. Pero iyan ang realidad ng buhay. Sa oras na hinayaan mo ang sarili mong magmahal, ang pagmamamahal ding ito ang nagbigay sa kanila ng kakayahan upang ikaw ay masaktan. Ang saklap, pero ito talaga ang katotohanan.

Sa mga ganitong eksena, tatanungin mo ang sarili mo, " Sa mga sakit at pagdurusang maaari mong maranasan kapag nagmahal ka, worth it pa ba?! Kapag nawala na ang kilig, may sense pa ba ang pagsasama? Kapag ang pagmamahal at tiwala ang nawala, ipaglalaban mo pa ba?!"

Ano man ang kasagutan, isang mahalagang bagay ang aking natutunan, ang pagmamahal sa sarili ay wag kaligtaan. Dahil sa panahong ang lahat ay ikaw ay iniwan, tanging sarili mo lang ay iyong magiging puhunan. Puhunan sa pagtawag sa Poong Maykapal, at sa Kanya, ikaw ay makakaasa na hinding-hindi ka susukuan at pababayaan!


Monday, May 7, 2018

May 07, 2018

Calel’s Wacky Art Shirts: Spreading Autism Awareness, 1 Shirt at a Time

Autism Spectrum Disorder

I believe most of us are very much familiar with the word Autism. But familiarity doesn't always equate with understanding as there are several speculations about Autism and of the people affected by it. But what is really the truth behind this condition? 

In the Philippines, there is an estimated 1 million people living with Autism, yet not everybody can understand what it’s like. The Autism Spectrum Disorder is a developmental disorder that affects one's communication and behavior. It is a condition where a person who is diagnosed with it will not all have the same experiences but can be noticed by the core symptoms. 

Meet Calel!

Calel wearing one of his designed shirt!
Calel is a 6-year old boy who was diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) at the age of four. A year ago, he discovered his love for animals and drawing that once he starts on a sketch pad he just cannot stop! Marie, Calel's mom started posting his artwork on Facebook, and it is when a friend commented that if in the case the artwork will be printed on a t-shirt, he would definitely buy that this proud mom got the idea of selling personalized shirts.  

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Some of  the designs of Calel's Wacky Art Shirts

After a few months, Marie launched Calel’s Wacky Art Shirts for 3 reasons: to help with Calel’s therapy needs, to develop the business to eventually be taken over by Calel(when he gets older) and to spread Autism awareness. 

Anybody would know that Occupational aned Speech therapy is costly, plus there are limited specialists in the Philippines. Kids with ASD need to attend SPED (Special Education) classes which can cost up to 60,000Php a year. For every shirt purchased, this will help Calel’s parents to make sure he gets the special treatments that he needs. 

Calel’s future is still unclear at the age of 6. Although he is definitely showing signs of progress but it is still hard to tell what his future will be. Will he be able to live a normal life? Will he be employed? We cannot really tell.  So if Calel’s Wacky Art Shirts will become a success,  this can become his own business to handle.

With the first batch of t-shirts printed and distributed, people who have order have already started asking about Calel and his condition – this helps Marie to talk about Autism and educate them on what Calel and their parents are experiencing daily, including the highs and lows. 

There are so many designs to choose from and each artwork is unique which you will surely love. Calel's T-shirt’s come in different sizes suitable for kids, men and women.

Calel’s Wacky Art Shirts are being offered at introductory prizes for the first 100 customers so do hurry and get your own shirt now! :)

For more updates and designs, please visit their Instagram account : Instagram.com/calelswackyartshirts
You may also help Calel by purchasing a shirt through their shoppee account: https://shopee.ph/mamaneesshop

They are also accepting donations for art materials like sketch pads, crayons, colored pencils and pens! So all of you dearest, let us all support Calel's Wacky Art Shirts and let us help spread Autism Awareness, 1 T-Shirt at a Time! :)

Monday, April 16, 2018

April 16, 2018

Monty Python’s Spamalot: Back By Popular Re-Quest ( A Press Night & More!)

Stage plays will always have a special place in my heart.

 I'll let you in on a little secret. Back in college, I was once a part of a theater guild myself. I was part of Artistang Artlets - the theater guild of UST's College of Arts & Letters! And although I didn't really acted much on the stage since I am almost always part of the production design (I am always behind the stage!), I will always have very high regard to stage actors since I have witness the hardship and the discipline that is expected of all the theater actors.

And with the popularity of different entertainment and social media platforms, stage plays have somehow lost the spotlight. I am just glad that there are still people in this industry who remained positive and continued to produce quality plays to encourage its target markets to try and experience the magic and the entertainment that theater plays provide its audience.

Upstart Productions, Inc. 

Upstart Productions, Inc. is one of the companies who remained steadfast in producing quality plays in our country. Composing of artists who are very much dedicated in coming up with original, creative and engaging material, Upstart Productions, Inc. once again brought back the world's most infamous comedy musicals - Monty Phyton's SPAMALOT to the Philippine stage!

Monty Phyton's Spamalot Press Night


Last Thursday, April 12, 2018, I was so happy to be invited to the Press Night of Monty Phyton's Spamalot. Held at the Globe Auditorium, Maybank Performing Arts Theater, BGC Arts Center, the event was graced by some celebrities,  representatives from different media platforms and some VIPs.

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A scene from Monty Phyton's Spamalot

And true to ABS-CBN New's commentary last year, we were all once again treated to " a rollicking good time" as we all can't stop giggling and laughing all throughout the show! I really love how alive and energetic each character appeared on the stage. I never really imagined Ms. Carla Guevarra-Laforteza to be that fun and hilarious! After the show, I was really intrigued and excited on how the other female lead, Ms. Rachel Alejandro, will portray the very same character as the The Lady of the Lake as I am quite sure that she will somehow have a different attack on the character! Am really keeping my fingers crossed for me to once again have an opportunity to watch Spamalot, this time with Ms. Alejandro as the female lead.

Directed once again by the talented duo - Mr. Joel Trinidad and Nicky Triviño, Monty Phyton's Spamalot will have a ten-show run on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from April 13 to 22, 2018 at the state-of-the-art Globe Auditorium, Maybank Performing Arts Theater at the BGC Arts Center.

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The cast of Monty Phyton's Spamalot during the question and answer portion at the end of the performance.

Laughter is still the best medicine. So, what are you waiting for? Reserve a seat now and do not miss on this chance to give yourself the chance to relax, laugh and be healed!

Here is a short video of a scene of The Lady of the Lake:



To know more about the details of the musical, you may visit the website of Upstart Productions, Inc. For ticket reservations, you may check Ticketworld or you may contact the following numbers for the specific playing dates that you prefer:

                         Friday, April 20 (9:00 pm), Rachel Alejandro - 09178380319
                         Saturday, April 21 (3:00 pm), Devann Abayon - 09174385984
                         Saturday, April 21 (8:00 pm), Devann Abayon - 09174385984
                         Sunday, April 22 (3:00 pm), Shiela Valderrama - 09175311608
                         Sunday, April 22 (8:00 pm), Onyl Torres - 09209416695

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

April 10, 2018

Sweetness Overload at The Dessert Museum!

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Dessert Museum, here we come!
Honestly, I am not really fond of sweets. But the moment that I have learned about the opening of The Dessert Museum and saw the photos of its 8 mouthwatering rooms, I was already mesmerized! I know that this is definitely one experience that my family should not miss! I may not have a sweet tooth, but I am definitely addicted to capturing instagram-worthy photos! And so, I availed of their early bird discount. From the regular price of P799.00, it was down to P699.00.

But although I really wanted to immediately experience what the museum has to offer ( I initially considered reserving slots on its opening day which was last February 10), I opted to reserve a slot on Chinese New Year, to take advantage of the holiday and also for this activity to serve as our post-Valentine celebration too! That's hitting two birds in one stone! (Inexpect ko na din na walang plano for V-day ang asawa ko!Hahaha)

So, the day finally came and we were all excited!

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Getting her pink tag!


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#bahalagang let's volt in!!!


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The Candy Rabbit


Before entering the museum, a guide, which they fondly refer to as a "candy rabbit", will welcome you and give some reminders .

The Donut Room

The first room that you will be sliding into is the Donut Room. Inside, there are hundreds of donuts hanging around. Be careful not to hit your heads with the donuts though as they are really hard!

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How I wish these donuts are real!


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My daughter Yna...


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Go, slide, baby! Slide!
To enter the Donut Room, you have the option to slide down or to simply climb down the stairs, so pick your choice. :)

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The Bahala Gang!
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Sweetness Overload! DoNut Judge us, please! :)

The Marshmallow Room

The second room is the Marshmallow Room. And if you really love those soft, fluffy mallows, you will really enjoy this room! Mallows of different sizes await you in this room. The smell is really amazing too!

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The big mallows can really make a good pillow!


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Isn't she cute?!

And as the old saying goes that there is a gold pot at the end of the rainbow, before exiting the Marshmallow Room, we received our first treat - a big white marshmallow with your own choice of dip!

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Chocolate Dip or Strawberry Dip? They are both good with the mallows anyway! :)


The Candy Room

Also referred to as the Candy Cane Grove, the Candy Room is the third room among the 8 Rooms that you will explore at The Dessert Museum.

Are you naughty or nice? Go ahead and pick the door that best describes you and enter to the colorful world of the candy room!

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Team Blue vs. Team Pink


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Pink Candy Canes for Renee!


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Blue Candy Canes for Reena!

The Heart Corner is perfect for the love month!

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Blowing my kisses for all of you! -Yna


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Love is definitely in the air! :)

See-saw, swing, jumping rope - the Candy Room is definitely the sweetest playground on earth!

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We see. We saw. We conquer!


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Swing it babies! :)


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Go jump and reach your dreams!


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Colorful Candy Balls

And for our second treat - its pink and blue macaroons! Yummy!

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The Ice Cream Room

We are now on our fourth room - The Ice Cream Room!

The Ice Cream Room is definitely another instagram-worthy room! The big balloon is definitely a great hit! But before posing for the camera, we first lined up for our third treat - ice cream sticks!

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Fly me to the moon, will you?!
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Up, up and away!
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The Gumball Room

The fifth room is the Gumball Room or is it the Balloon Room? Because there are so many balloons inside this room. We were just not able to enjoy much inside the inflatable because the people who went before us took some time to finish that when it was already our turn, we no longer have much time left since we already need to transfer to the next room. :(


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Giant Bubble

There is also a bubble machine running in one of the corners of this room, but during our visit, it is really not blowing much bubbles, napagod na ata. lol

The Gummy Bear Room

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We are down on the sixth room - The Gummy Bear Room!

Gummy bear figures of different sizes can be found in this room.

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Can we take home these giant gummy bears, Mom?!


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Mini gummy bears in the background.

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The Cotton Candy Forest


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The seventh room is perfect for Pink lovers! The Cotton Candy Forest is perfect for me! Aside from the color, I also love how soft and fluffy the cloud-like cotton candies! How I wish I can replicate this in my own room! Hahahaha

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And obviously, our treat from this room are cotton candies too! :)

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The Cakepops Carnival is the last but definitely not the least among the museum's eight rooms. We really enjoyed sitting and posing on the cake pops. We had cake pops too for our fifth treat!

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But what my husband and my kids really enjoyed in this room was playing the emoji basketball. Why emoji? Because the ball used for shooting are designed with different emoji faces. So cute, right?!

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The duration of the tour inside The Dessert Museum is just two hours. And this, to my opinion is never really enough for you to capture those Instagram-worthy photos that you have set on your mind to accomplish. Every corner of the rooms are truly Instagram-worthy so it is just but natural for all the visitors to maximize the view and shoot as many photos but do not expect that you will be able to do all the shots that you have conceptualized as the allotted time is really not insufficient. The presence of other visitors will not be of great help too as they can most of the time serve as obstructions to the angle that you are intending to do. This is where Expectations vs. Reality will come into view.:)  I really hope that they will extend the time of the tour for everyone to have sufficient time to take their photos! Minimizing the maximum number of tourist will help too so as to prevent overcrowding since the area of each room is not really that spacious.

Another consideration that I would like to raise, is the amount of the entrance fee. Hopefully, the management can find a way to lower their entrance fee so that more people from different walks of life can have access to the museum as well!

But despite these concerns, the fact remains the same that a visit to The Dessert Museum is really a great adventure that you wouldn't wanna miss as it can really be enjoyed and appreciated by both adult and kids alike!

So, what are you waiting for? Book online now to avail of the online discount -only P699.00 instead of P799.00. There is also an ongoing promo for students where you can buy tickets for only P599.00, so go ahead and grab this chance now!

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The Dessert Museum Souvenir Shop

Want to take home some souvenirs for your family and friends? Worry not as the The Dessert Museum has its own Souvenir Shop where you can buy cute novelty items.

The Dessert Museum is located in Maison Mall, Conrad Hotel Manila, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City. Want to know more about the museum? Check their website here.

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The Bahala Gang goes to The Dessert Museum!
But wait, before finally going out, we were given our sixth and last treat! We got to take home these pink balloons with a chocolate inside! Thanks much The Dessert Museum for feeding not only our eyes, but our tummies as well! :) Hoping to get back again soon! Till next time!

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