Monday, March 30, 2015

MUNCH MONDAY: PinkBerry

After we dined in at Recipes,  we then looked for a place to eat dessert. We all see ourselves entering PinkBerry. 
Pinkberry is [also] located in Greenbelt. If you want a quick fix of frozen yogurt, this is a great place to go. 

Below is a screenshot of their menu. Aside from fro-yo, they also have parfait and smoothies. 


Hubby and I love chocolate :) 
As you can see, it's chocolate on chocolate on chocolate. hihi! 







... and we're complete :) 

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Pinkberry Philippines
Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center 
1226 Makati Philippines

www.pinkberry.com.ph
https://www.facebook.com/PinkberryPhilippines

Monday, March 23, 2015

Cooking for 3: Malunggay Leaves and Corn Soup


When I was young, I always eat what I want, whether it is nutritious or not. It is also obvious that we (hubby and I) love to eat as I compiled some of our eat out(s) here. :) But when I became a mother, everything changed. 

I started to get conscious on what I eat, especially when Miel's still inside me and while I was still breastfeeding her. When my baby's ready to eat solid food, I make it a point to serve something healthy and tastes good as well (my baby's a picky eater). 

Parents like me, will surely agree that malunggay leaves and corn are on top of their list. 

Here's why: 

Benefits of malunggay [scientific name: Moringa Oleifera] are: 

1. Natural energy booster because 100 grams of malunggay yield the following: (a) 75 calories of energy, (b) 5.9 grams protein, (c) 12.8 grams carbohydrate, (d) 353 milligrams calcium, (e) 3,7 milligrams niacin and for thiamin, phosphorus and ascorbic acid, malunggay is at the top of the list.
2. Nutritionists affirm that 200 grams of malunggay leaves is equals to 4 eggs + 2 glasses of milk. It aids in maintaining healthy bones and teeth since it is a good source of calcium. 
3. Rich in Vitamin A (said to be higher than red and green mung beans radish or eggplant). 
4. For lactating women, malunggay leaves aid in the production of vitamin-rich milk for the baby. 
**Source

And as for the benefits of eating corn: 

1. Rich source of Vitamins (such as Vit B contituents, esp Thiamin, essential for maintaining nerve health and cognitive function and Niacin, niacin deficiency leads to Pellagra, a disease characterized by diarrhea, dementia and dermatitis. 
2. Provides necessary minerals (such as phosphorous, magnesium, manganese, zinc, iron and copper). 
3. Antioxidant properties (rich source of phenolic compound called ferulic acid, an anti-carcinogenic agent that has been shown to be effective in fighting the tumors that lead to breast cancer as well as liver cancer. 
**Source

Now that you know the benefits of corn and malunggay leaves (which are the two of the main ingredients of this dish), I'm sure you want to know how it's done/cooked. 

What you need: 

4 cloves of garlic (minced) 
1 medium size onion (cut) 
1/8 kl ground pork (or chicken, whichever you prefer)
2-3 pcs of corn (cooked and corn kernels removed) or 1/2 can of kernel corn
2-3 cups of water
1-2 cups of malunggay leaves 
fish sauce (patis) 
cooking oil (pref canola oil)

Instructions: 

1. Saute garlic and onion. Add ground pork. Simmer until golden brown. 
2. Pour in water and and corn kernels. Bring to a boil and keep it that way for about 5 minutes more to make sure that the ground pork is fully-cooked. 
3. Add malunggay leaves. 
4. Remove from heat then add half a tsp of fish sauce (or adjust to your liking). 
5. Serve :) 
Another easy dish, right? Try it now :) 

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If you want to check other posts about 
Cooking for 3, kindly check the link below: 

COOKING For 3


Donna =) 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

STYLE SATURDAY: Bags and Wallets


Bags are women's bestfriend, mine in particular, aside from the shoes, of course. From small shoulder bag to as big as a mini luggage, you will definitely find something inside my closet. Motherhood even gave me more reasons to purchase stylish bags that can also serve as diaper bags.  


The Memet Shop is the online shop (legit La Bolsa reseller) where I purchased my yellow combi satchel, pink Chloe plain and Jerry mini luggage in eggplant. 


 These bags are perfect especially when we're doing our family staycations because not only are they stylish but spacious and durable as well. 

But when I am attending special or formal events, that's a different story. I am more comfortable using purse or wallet because it compliments my dress (I normally settle for that little black dress or black and white combination as it exudes that sophisticated look). 

While browsing the web, I found a comprehensive range of beautiful wallets for women. From simple black to that of yummy colored wallet, even the metallic ones, they have it. Also, if you want to splurge or go cheap (but doesn't look like one), this is the place to be as the price ranges from 199php up to 4k++. 

Whether you go for bags or wallets, as an accessory, always remember that the most important part is how you carry yourself. Be confident. 

Monday, March 16, 2015

MUNCH MONDAY: Dinner with Friends at Recipes


03.06.2015 After the HotelQuickly press launch, me and my super friend Dianne of  Memet Diaries went to Greenbelt 5 to meet my Hubby. We are also scheduled to meet-up with our other super friend Jenn, we just had to wait for few minutes more as she'll be coming from the office. 

When Jenn arrived and to continue the endless chikas and catching up, we all decided to have an early dinner at Recipes. 



Recipes is a Filipino restaurant located in Greenbelt 3. It has a modern look and what I like about its interior is the low backrest of the couch (where me and Hub's seated), perfect for slouching while enjoying good food with friends. 

On the table:

General's Chicken 225php

This became an instant hit for us. The sweet and spicy sauce definitely added a different twist on this chicken dish. Though you might actually feel that you are eating chicken skin as the chicken were thinly cut, I supposed =) but great, nonetheless. 

the famous Gising Gising 185php

Consist of chopped baguio beans, ground pork and special spicy coconut sauce. You can even request how spicy you want it to be =) 

Korean Pork BBQ with vegetable sidings 180php / Beef Tapa with Egg 185php
*Both comes with a cup of rice and a glass of iced tea


There's also Pork Binagoongan (240php) but up until now, I can't find the picture on my computer. I must've accidentally deleted it somehow =( too bad. Because for me, that dish was the best viand that night. Aside from the belly slices, bagoong and tomato, there's also green mango strips on top. Yummy! 

If you want a quick fix of Filipino food, try Recipes Restaurant. Or if you want to celebrate an evening of friendship, this is a perfect place for that chit chat =) 


A special shout-out to my SUPER friend Dianne: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! 
Thanks for the treat =)

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Recipes
www.recipesrestaurant.ph
2nd Level, Greenbelt 3
Ayala Center, Makati City
+632-728-0920

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

HOTELQUICKLY: Your Last-Minute Hotel Booking App

When Hubby and I got married few years back, that's the time that we're able to really enjoy each other's company (because we are not allowed to go wherever we please as we have strict parents). Traveling to other parts of the country was our way to make up for not having a decent honeymoon. hehe! We're always looking for a reason to travel and plan it way in advance. 

But today, it's different, now that we have Miel, our daughter.

We haven't really traveled far in the first 2 years of being first-time parents.  We settled on staycations here and there, so that we can bring the baby with us without the hassle of bringing the whole house (you know what I mean mommies). Another reason is that Hubby took on a new offer from another company and being on that new position, meant less time for us plus unpredictable work schedule. 

Good thing that there is a new app available for that last-minute hotel booking - Hotel Quickly. 
HotelQuickly officially launched its operations in the Philippines last March 6, 2015 at A Space Manila.  

During the event, Raphael Cohen, company's CSO / Co-founder, explained to us what and how to use the app. 

HQ is the first and largest mobile-only travel app. It is available for IOS, Android and BB users. All you need to do is to download it here.  After downloading, you have the option to sign up using FB or email address [links to their Terms&Conditions and Privacy Policy are also displayed]. 
Once done, you'll be prompted to choose which country you like to book a room to. They currently have 15 countries listed. 

When you choose Philippines, it will give you a list of major cities and provinces that are most visited: Baguio, Batangas, Bohol, Boracay, Cebu, Davao, Mactan Island, Metro Manila, Puerto Princesa and Tagaytay.

For example, if I were to choose Boracay, it will give me the top 10 hand-picked hotel deals in the island. 


Let's say, I want to stay in The District Boracay, check in date is Mar 12, check out will be March 13. Based on the screenshot above, the deal is less 32% vs hotel's published rate. 

Take Note: the hotel price above excl. taxes and service charge. 


At the page before the payment, total price showing is 197.85usd (taxes and service charge included). I convert it to peso to compare it to the published rates showing on the website of the hotel. 



It's pretty promising and somewhat true to its word about the 32% discount. Cool! 

You know, the sad thing about booking a hotel at the last minute is that it's more pricey compared to the rate if you book it in advance. So, yey for Hotel Quickly! =)


Another great thing about HQ, is that they accept major credit or debit cards. And you can have your card automatically deleted from the application after your booking is completed. All you need to do is to tick on the box [as shown above]. 

The downsides, though, in using this app are: 

1. You can't choose what room you'll be getting (although you have the option to request for an upgrade directly with the hotel but you'll need to pay extra). 
2. Bookings are non-refundable. HotelQuickly pays the hotel immediately after booking. (I think this is understandable since it is a last-minute deal). 

If you want to give it a try, feel free to download the app and use the promo code DCRIS8 to avail 15usd  credit. 

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For more information, visit their website: 

www.hotelquickly.com

or contact Ms Aimie Bellosillo at 
aimie.bellosillo@hotelquickly.com

Monday, March 9, 2015

COOKING for 3: Spam Spag in Garlic and Olive Oil




This is the first of the Cooking for 3 series. 

Why Cooking for 3?

A lot of us, knows how to cook or not, can search the internet for recipes. Whether it's a simple or complicated dish, the step-by-step and ingredients' just one click away. But if you look closely, most of those are good for 4-6 or even more people. Based on personal experience, I had a hard time adjusting just to suit my family's taste. 

Another reason is that I don't like leftovers. Some food, when reheated, do not taste as great as it was, when first cooked. 

This is why I've come up with this concept.

As a first installment, here's a family favorite:

Spam Spag in Garlic and Olive Oil

What you need: 

200 grams Spaghetti (about a little over 1/3 of a 500 gram-pack) 
3 tablespoons of Olive Oil 
1 whole head of garlic (minced)
2 spoonfuls of butter 
2 teaspoons of Paprika 
1/2 can of Spam (square cut) 
Salt and Pepper to taste 


1. Cook the pasta [read the instructions on the package. Cooking time depends on the type of pasta you are using]. But as a general rule in cooking pasta, you need to fill a pot with 2/3 of water and put in about 1 tsp of oil and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil. Then add pasta. 

Once cooked, drain and set aside. 

2. On a different pan, pour in 3 tsp olive oil. Place the spam and cook for about 3-5 minutes then remove spam and set it aside. 

3. Saute garlic and butter. Then add the spam again and paprika. 

4. Place the cooked pasta onto the sauce and mix well (under low heat). 

5. Add salt and pepper then serve. 



It's easy right? Why not try this today and serve it as a merienda :) 

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If you want to check future posts about 
Cooking for 3, kindly check the link below: 

COOKING For 3


Donna =) 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Lemon Kiss

My daughter likes to play dress up. She loves to put on dresses that are colorful and/or floral. Sometimes, it takes a whole day of twirling and giggling. I'm not complaining. I'm more amused than irritated. 

She'd grown so fast. I sometimes miss the baby she used to be. At age 2 and a half, she already has the concept of what is "beautiful" and what is not [especially on clothes. hehe!]. 

But as a mother, beautiful is not enough, especially on dresses being used by my baby. It has to be comfortable and light. 

That is why I didn't pass on the chance for my little daughter to try Lemon Kiss dress. 


Lemon Kiss dresses are stylish and embody the playful and fun lifestyle of young girls. It's mostly made of cotton and items include dresses, blouses, pants, skirts, shorts, pedals, overalls, jackets, etc. Lemon Kiss is available on most of SM department stores nationwide.

Out of the different designs and prints, this cutie little dress [photo above] caught my eye. Simple and elegant, perfect for my little girl. 


This came in second [photo above] :) 


Look at these dresses. Lemon Kiss apparel's definitely a clothing haven for your little fashionista :) 


*Photo Credit: Lemon Kiss

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If you want to view the latest and complete collection, visit them online at:


or at any participating SM Department Store(s) nationwide. 

NOTE: This is a sponsored post. 



Donna =) 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tree Top Adventure Press Conference



Baguio. It is known for its beautiful sceneries and cold weather. Nowadays, it also reminds us of all those hugot lines from the famous movie of Angelica and JM. But is that all Baguio can offer? 

Do you want to know the extreme side of the City of Pines? 

PRESS RELEASE: 
TREE TOP ADVENTURE BAGUIO:
Experience the Extreme Press Conference and Tour

As the City of Pines welcomes the summer season, Tree Top Adventure will hold a press conference and media tour on March 14, 2015 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Tree Top Adventure Baguio Camp John Hay, Baguio City. The press conference aims to inform the public that if they want to experience the extreme, they might want to try out the activities at Tree Top Adventure.

Tree Top Adventure offers four unique outdoor activities divided into slow and fast paced activities. One slow paced activity is the Canopy and Funicular which is similar to the concept of a cable car, but, you’ll be seated on cable chairs in which you’ll be transferring from one station to another until you complete all eight stations. If you prefer to just walk around the area and fill your eyes with spectacular view, you could avail the Trekking and Skywalk. For the fast paced activities, Tree Top offers the Tree Drop, Silver Surfer and Superman. 

Tree Drop is the most extreme activity that Tree Top offers in which you’ll be suspended 60 feet above the ground, mission impossible style, and you’ll be falling as fast as two to three seconds. Superman, as the name implies, is a horizontal motorized zipline in which you’ll be flying back and forth, Superman style. Silver Surfer is a diagonal zipline in which you’ll be standing on a specialized platform and you’ll be gliding up and down for three cycles.                               
                                                      
Tree Top Adventure’s another branch, located at JEST Area Upper Mau Cubi Point, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, will also hold another press conference and ribbon cutting event on March 21, 2015 after the success of its first press conference held last February 21, 2015.

Whether you want to feel the breeze, slow down, be inspired with the view or experience heart pounding, adrenaline rush quenching activities, Tree Top Adventure has it all. 

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For more information, you could contact 09166299381. 
You could also visit their website www.treetopadventureph.com
To be more updated, you could like their
Facebook page www.facebook.com/treetopadventurecamp and follow them on 
Instagram @tree_top_adventure and 
Twitter @TreeTopPH.


Monday, February 23, 2015

FAMILY STAYCATION: Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham

Today, I had this opportunity to sort all of the pictures in my laptop because my hubby's on rest day. I came across pictures of our family when we stayed in Microtel Inn in MOA after my daughter's first birthday. Let me share with you what happened during our stay. 



Checking in was a breeze. No fuss. After asking for an ID and signing few papers, receptionist then handed me the key card and we were escorted to our room. Since Hubby and I needed to go back to the party, we just dropped off our bags, locked the room and left.



[After the party] Here's my daughter, still crying. She got overwhelmed with people who attended her party and ended crying the whole time, even until we reached our room. 

Ours is a queen double room that has TV with cable and dresser. As an added bonus: each bed has chiropractor-approved mattress. Cool! 



Pretty decent bathroom with toiletries and hot & cold shower. I'd say we had the rest we needed after a tiring but fun day. 


Our stay came with free breakfast for 2 at Millie's, the hotel's restaurant. 


Here's what I ate that morning :) 


And here's my daughter taking a peek of her breakfast :)


After our heavy breakfast, we then went to the rooftop of the hotel, where the pool was located. We woke up late and took our time eating, that we end up not swimming because it's late, the sun is up and it's so hot. 


My daughter, still confused where to look and she's easily get distracted.

All in all, we had a great time staying in this hotel. Highly recommended to those who are planning/attending events (birthdays/eat outs/concerts,etc) in MOA because hotel is just a stone's throw away. 


Visit them: 

Microtel by Wyndham - Mall of Asia
Coral Way Ave. Cor Seaside Blvd
SM MOA Complex, Pasay City 1308
Philippines

Phone Number: +63-02-403-3333
Mobile Number: +63-917-590-5914
Email: mallofasia@microtel.ph
Website: www.microtel-manila.com

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Embracing Change: New Life Ahead.


Change. Some say it's inevitable. Me, a very emotional me, gets too attached to people (or things) too much too soon. Now when the time comes that I have to let go of someone or something, it takes a lot of effort before I can say I've moved on...

Sometimes, when you're in the transition stage (from being hurt to moving on), you get lost and you need a couple of people (and posts) to remind you of why there is a need to let go and why you need to move forward. Take for instance, this previous post of mine here,  about the reason why I'd like to attend the Professional Blogging Summit last year. This is when I asked myself: Why do I blog? The answer I posted was I blog because of my passion to write about food, travel and to share my experiences as a mommy/wife to others. Furthermore, I want to take my blog to the next level. Then it all comes to this, why in the world did I stopped posting blogs here 3 months after that? Answer?

Change. Our family lost someone, lost something and moved somewhere. 

Within those 3 months that I am "out", I had a couple of friends, family and online support groups that came to the rescue. Thank you is never enough. And then this post from Mommy Ginger about blogging and branding appeared in my news feed. There's this thing that she discussed about identifying what legacy I want to leave behind that hits me spot on. I know that for every blogger, there's a reason for blogging. For me, I know that already but what's lacking is my drive to achieve it. After reading her blog, I became inspired again, hence the reason why I created this post :) Thank you again!

In the coming days, I will be posting blogs about Cooking for 3, wherein I will be introducing recipes I created and/or modified to fit my family's taste, recent trips (local & international), food discoveries and probably attend an event or two (as long as I am still invited. hehe). I get so high just by thinking of all of these.

This is why Honey's Haven is created... To inspire, reach out and connect with other mommies/parents, foodies and travel enthusiasts like myself :)

Hop on and enjoy the ride!


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